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Miranda Holder

I’m a former endurance athlete whose identity used to be entirely that: I was an athlete. The diagnosis of a congenital heart condition at age 25, while balancing a career and training in an attempt to make the U.S. National Rowing Team, ended my sense of self as an elite athlete. I pivoted from my advertising job to collegiate coaching to stave off the pain of losing my ability to train and compete....

In that transition, I found I loved coaching student-athletes. After nearly a decade, I found myself burned out on the hours and the work, most of which wasn’t appealing to me outside of that precious time with the student-athletes. I could have really used a coach, myself. Time to transition again…

I formed Holder Leadership because much as I tried, I simply didn’t want to do work I wasn’t really excited about doing. I knew something else was calling me. Watching people step into their power, capacity and fullness as developing humans was an incredible honor, and one that I wanted to continue to experience. I’ve been able to take the very best parts of my college coaching days and do more of it, rather than less.

As much as I’m equal parts artist, athlete and dreamer, I’m a deeply devoted pragmatist, too. I am most excited when I am supporting another human who has a big dream that they want to bring into the world. My gift is, with your full and equal participation, to reveal what is simple among the complex, and to make the practical and tangible emerge from the stuff of dreams.

When I’m not waxing poetic about my work, I love sweating, being outside, photography, writing, reading, skiing, yoga and eating. I live in Vermont with my family. I am proud to serve on the board of Safeline, Inc. Safeline works to end physical, emotional and sexual violence against through direct service, education, advocacy and social change.

Founder, Leadership and Career Coach


Wellesley College, B.A., cum laude, English and Studio Art

Northeastern University, M.S. Sports Leadership and Management

Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, Certificate in Leadership Coaching 


PCC (Professional Certified Coach) through the International Coach Federation

Certified Narrative Coach® through the Moment Institute

Certified ID-Way® Practitioner through the Moment Institute

RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) through Yoga Alliance

The Leadership Circle Profile™ Certified Practitioner

All photos by Max Grudzinkski

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