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Clare Merlo

Clare Merlo, MBA, PCC

Leadership and Relationship Coach
Immediate Past Past President, ICF South Florida


Clare’s degrees in psychology and business administration along with her extensive experience in management, leadership and information technology informs her Business and Leadership Coaching practice. She gained wide-ranging experience in finance and not-for-profit healthcare in St. Louis, technology consulting for the United Nations in Italy at the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme and as the Director of Business Solutions in Miami. Clare has coached teams and leaders at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York and Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, she is a leadership coach to the Office of Personnel Management, Leadership Development Program’s 2019 cohort, conducting Sensitivity Coaching and Training to high profile executives and an Executive Coach with Turnkey Coaching Solutions.  In addition to her private coaching practice, she is currently a Pro Bono coach for the Humanitarian Coach Network working with high potential professionals at the United Nations.

Clare believes that everyone has the self-knowledge to become more fulfilled and productive. All one needs is a catalyst, a coach to empower them to attain their goals. Her keen interest in leadership brought her to coaching in 2011. She guides clients to greater success in their careers and personal lives using a structured set of workshops, exercises, and homework. Clients are fast-tracked toward self-awareness utilizing state-of-the-art Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence assessments. Innovation and organizational growth are facilitated via Game-Based workshops that encourage entrepreneurial thinking. Clients learn how Conversational Intelligence, a practice founded on neuroscience, illustrates how language can have a transformational impact on our ability to connect and navigate our work and personal relationships.  In coaching, being able to sustain one’s growth is the key to success, therefore, she works with each client to create their own best practice toolkit.

Education & Certifications


  • Washington University in St. Louis: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Master’s in Business Administration

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – International Coach Federation (ICF)

  • ICF Global Mentor Coach

  • ICF South Florida Charter Chapter President, 2017

  • Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC): Certified Professional Coach (CPC)

  • Energy Leadership Index, Master Practitioner (ELI MP)

  • Emotional Intelligence, EQi 2.0 Certification

  • Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) Enhanced Practitioner, Certification 7/2019

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