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Margot Halstead

Margot has a long passion for interpersonal communication which has led all of her professional decisions from becoming an effective facilitator, working with struggling teams to improve their communication to restore business effectiveness, becoming a coach specializing in the communication aspects of leadership to working with companies to determine the health of their culture. This passion is culminating in her upcoming book, “The Magical Ok: Shifting Conversation to a Constructive Destination.”


The combination of an MBA, PMP and PCC coaching certificate provides the business acumen needed to serve a full range of leadership clients. Margot served as the lead team engagement specialist, executive coach and program creator for leadership development for her large government contracting clients SAIC, Leidos, Orbital ATK and Northrop Grumman for over 10 years.  She has a portfolio of experiences including:

  • Designing and implementing leadership development programs for elite C-suite successors

  • Professorships

  • Interpersonal communications coach

  • Facilitating struggling team decision points

  • Leading the change management efforts for large enterprise wide systems upgrades and installations


Margot functioned in both leadership and individual contributor roles while excelling at project and change management for missions that were specifically identified as enterprise wide affecting cultural change.  Working for the largest of government contractors for the majority of her last ten years, she was a trusted advisor to the executive function as a talent management thought leader and executive coach.  Margot was selected to design, create and implement coaching and advancement protocols, expand fledgling succession processes and support leadership decisions by designing and implementing leadership cohort programs.


Margot also has extensive experience in designing, creating and implementing various types of mentoring programs including ‘mentoring for all,’ formal, informal, strategic and ad hoc components.  With outstanding project management skills and extensive experience in the business change management function, assisting with large scale enterprise wide HRIS upgrades and entire business separations, she brings a balance of business knowledge, project management know how, and interpersonal communication that is a rare combination in coaching. 


Margot has over ten years of corporate executive coaching experience both as an internal coach and with private clients, specializing in those clients who have career damaging interpersonal skills.  She has a direct style with keen intuition and frequently hears feedback from clients such as “How did you know that?” or “It feels like you have known me for years” driving results in her clients that are swift and accurate.  A hard driver with a soft inside, Margot is caring, compassionate, reserves judgment and holds her clients accountable. 


Margot comes with a background in managing legal partnerships in the Washington, D.C. law firms of Squire Patton Boggs; Morgan, Lewis and Bockius; and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.  She has also taught foundational and advanced communication classes at several local colleges. 

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