Barbara Lawton

Southeast Michigan
Vistage Chair since 2011

“Joining Vistage as Chair was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – personally and professionally. Each month, I have the opportunity to serve and learn from a group of committed and caring professional business leaders. Their desire to continuously develop as leaders motivates me to be the best Chair and Coach I can be – to introduce excellent speakers, to facilitate meaningful dialogue, and to encourage truthful and compassionate support of each other. It’s a role that’s totally aligned with my life purpose. What could be better?”

Barbara Lawton joined Vistage Michigan as chair of CE 15 in 2011. She is president and executive coach at BMG Integral Coaching Inc., a business she founded in 2003.

Lawton has more than 25 years experience in retail, high technology and telecom companies, having held leadership positions focused on organizational effectiveness.

At BMG Integral Coaching, Barbara provides customized coaching to business executives who seek to grow in their capacity as leaders and as human beings.  In addition to individual executive coaching, Barbara contributes to the development of leadership teams through meeting facilitation and team coaching.  She brings years of experience in organization development (OD) processes and excels at helping teams determine what is really important for high performance and sustainable growth.

Barbara is dedicated to the education and development of youth.  She has served on the executive board of Big Brothers/Sisters Detroit and is currently a member of the Corporate Work Study Board at Cristo Rey High School in Detroit.  Barbara was 2013 president of ICF Michigan (Michigan chapter of International Coach Federation) and continues to serve on the 2014 Board as immediate past president.

Lawton has a B.A. from Marygrove College and a M.S. in Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  She received an Integral Coaching™ Certification from New Ventures West and is a certified Enneagram Teacher.