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Espeland Enterprises was created by Founder, CEO, and Executive Coach Melanie Espeland to provide coaching for phenomenal individuals and corporations around the world.  The boutique firm has worked with iconic brands such as Google and Morgan Stanley, and extraordinary individuals such as Olympians, C-suite leaders, and influencers.  Espeland Enterprises has been featured in Forbes, NBC, ABC, CBS, Business Insider, Tedx, Yahoo Finance, and more.


Within the service line Executive Presence & Voice Coaching, Melanie created The Espeland Method™, which provides her clients the key to unlock their Executive Presence, as well as improved speaking, communication, presentation, gravitas, and interviewing skills.  Her approach to Executive Presence has been covered by Tedx Talks (Fall 2022), and she offers deep dives in key areas such as voice and appearance.


The second service line is Executive Advisory Coaching, perfect for leaders who need a wise advisor who’s been there before to illuminate the path to greater success, whether it be through a career pivot, managing politics, work life integration, or other key levers.


Espeland Enterprises currently offers 1-on-1 coaching, group coaching, masterclasses, online classes, speaking engagements, and more.  Melanie continuously evolves and elevates her approach to best serve clients and maximize results.   

Espeland Enterprises

Melanie Espeland

About Our Founder, CEO & Principal Coach

Melanie Espeland

Melanie Espeland is an Executive Coach, Consultant, and Entrepreneur.  A businessperson with the heart of a creative, she also is an occasional Voice Actor and Painter. 


Melanie has 15 years of experience in strategy, operations, and executive coaching. She is a member of the Forbes Council and has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, Business Insider, Tedx, and more. Melanie has worked with prominent corporate clients including Google, Facebook, IBM, and Morgan Stanley; as well as individuals such as business leaders, influencers, and Olympic athletes. 


Melanie started her career working in retail and e-commerce for several iconic brands including Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia, and Elie Tahari. She later became a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where she advised F500 companies on strategy and operational improvement initiatives. Following her time at McKinsey, she was a Senior Lead in charge of Strategy and Innovation for Macy’s, the $25B omni-channel retailer.


Currently, Melanie manages Espeland Enterprises, her coaching firm; Espeland Consulting, her management consulting firm; and is working on a few new projects in stealth mode. Her coaching firm offers 1-on-1 coaching, group coaching, masterclasses, online classes, and more.  Melanie continuously evolves her approach to serve clients in executive presence and executive advisory, with deep dives in key areas such as voice and appearance. 


Melanie holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS from Cornell University. She currently lives in Los Angeles (while remaining a New Yorker at heart), and enjoys creative pursuits in her free time.

Our Team

The Espeland Enterprises team consists of astounding professionals with experience in venerable institutions such as McKinsey & Company, Facebook, Broadway Shows, Columbia University, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  

Max Chernin
Executive Voice Coach

Max Chernin is an Actor, Singer, Private Coach, and Educator. 

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music which led to a performance career centered around original work. Max made his Broadway debut in Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s Bright Star and was most recently seen in the revival of Sunday In The Park With George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He has gone on to perform at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, Center Theatre Group (LA), The Old Globe (San Diego), and produced his solo show The Color Ginger at Feinstein’s/54 Below. On-screen, Max can be seen on "Mozart In The Jungle”, “The Family”, Adam Sandler’s The Week Of, and upcoming on “Dickinson” and “Inventing Anna”. He has worked on industry events for State Farm and Yext, and with Skittles on their 2019 Super Bowl Campaign. 

In addition to his performance career, Max is a Guest Lecturer and Admissions Evaluator at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an audition coach with Broadway Artists Alliance and Artists & Beyond. He strives to help artists grow and engage, emboldened to share their voices and embrace their authentic selves.

Max is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, and is represented by Nicolosi & Co.

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Deanna Ott
Executive Voice Coach

Deanna Ott is an Executive Voice and Speech Coach, Arts Educator, and Actor. Her greatest joy is to help others discover and strengthen their unique voices through a practice of presence, breath work, physical ease, and storytelling.

A Professional Actor for more than a decade, Deanna began her studies with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at CSU Fullerton. It was there that her passion for the physiological connection of the breath, voice, and body began. Post graduation, she hit the ground running, performing and teaching with the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, which ultimately led her to New York City. Deanna has been seen onstage in a Broadway National Tour, on television with CBS, and with top theatre companies nationwide. With a desire to continue to strengthen her own technique and to teach others, Deanna earned her MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University.

As an educator, Deanna has taught voice and speech, movement, acting, dance, and improvisation to students across the country since 2006. Her clients have ranged from elementary students, to university actors, to tenured professors; and she has taught with leading regional theatres, universities, and to individuals. She is a practitioner of Linklater Voice technique, Knight-Thompsen speech work, and Miller Voice Method as well as a certified Yoga Teacher through YogaWorks. Incorporating her years of study, she is dedicated to crafting unique vocal training tailored to the goals of her clients.

With a deep understanding for the demands on the voice and body in performance, and years of technical study in many vocal techniques, Deanna brings a full-bodied approach to voice training and presentation. She is passionate about building lasting change for clients and creating active skillsets for optimum effectiveness in communication.