Silke Janz

Executive Coach

Career Background

Silke works with leaders to enhance both the quality and results they experience in their work and life. With more than 15 years of experience, Silke has developed leaders in the corporate, non-profit, and academic setting, serving both as internal and external coach and consultant.

Silke has a unique combination of experiences and specialties, including leadership development expertise, coaching, emotional intelligence and cross-cultural experience, all of which she integrates to benefit her clients.

Silke is Associate Director at the Sanger Leadership Center at the Ross School of Business, where she designs and runs leadership development programs for students in a variety of academic programs at Ross.

Prior to coming to Michigan, Silke served at Bose Corporation as internal Leadership Coach and Consultant. Previous to that, she worked at Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, providing leadership development, coaching, and internal consulting.

Early in her career, Silke served as management trainer, providing leadership assessment and training for organizations including Allergan, Bain Capital, Bremer Landesbank, Ernst & Young, McKesson, International Monetary Fund, Novelis, Philips, and Sparkasse Dortmund. 

Education & Certifications

  • Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Germany, Master’s degree in Adult Education

  • The Coaches Training Institute, Certified Co-Active® Professional Coach

  • International Coach Federation, Associate Certified Coach

  • Certified to administer several psychological instruments (e.g., Profilor 360, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Hogan assessment tools

  • Cultural Intelligence Institute, Cultural Intelligence Certification

  • Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute (EIDI), Certified EID Facilitator

  • Situation Management Systems, Positive Power and Influence Certification

  • Linkage Inc., Leading Organizational Transition Certification

  • FranklinCovey, Leading at the Speed of Trust Certification

  • Moreno-Institut Überlingen, Pedagogy of Psychodrama Certification


• Leadership development

• Emotional intelligence

• Team leadership

• Change management

• Cross-cultural communication

• Talent management

Noted Accomplishments: 

• Coaches fluently in English, German and Italian, and also speaks French and Dutch

• Provided leadership development training to 3,000+ leaders with topics including achieving results, change leadership, coaching employees, decisive leadership, hiring, influencing, performance management, strategic thinking, and team leadership.

• Led the design of a global people management development program for 1,800 managers worldwide at Bose Corporation