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 and assumed Chair responsibilities for KEY 5 in 2016 and CE 13 in 2017.

Prior to joining Vistage, Lawton enjoyed a career of over 25 years in retail, high technology and telecom companies where she held leadership positions focused on organizational effectiveness. She started her own firm (BML Coaching & Consulting) in 2003.

At Vistage as well as BML Coaching & Consulting, Barb works with executives who seek to continuously grow as human beings and are committed to leading others with competence, compassion, and courage. She brings her passion for learning and development to each individual leader and their teams. Her ability to establish and maintain a culture of camaraderie, trust and accountability is evident in her Vistage groups.

A Detroit native and former educator, Barb is dedicated to the education and development of youth.  She has served on the Board of Big Brothers/Sisters of Detroit for 5 years and is currently engaged in supporting the Work Study Commission of Detroit Cristo Rey High School. As a certified professional coach, Barb helped to form the Michigan chapter of International Coach Federation (ICF) and served as President in 2013.

Lawton earned her B.A. from Marygrove College, Detroit, and a M.S. from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  She received an Integral Coaching™ Certification from New Ventures West in 2002 and earned the Professional Coaching Credential (PCC) from ICF in 2014. She's a certified instructor for Enneagram Worldwide and Integrative Enneagram.

Barb recently remarried and resides with her husband, Bill (and their dog, Mattie) in Northville, MI. They enjoy using free time to garden, hike, participate in community events and travel where they can experience new places, people and food.