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About BGSD

BGSD Strategies is a boutique management consulting and executive coaching firm that specializes in launch, growth, and turnaround strategies for mission-driven small businesses, queer entrepreneurs, and allies.


We combine traditional management consulting methods with tailored executive mindset coaching and custom strategies for scaling to make sure that our clients achieve their goals, no matter how ambitious.

  • Launching Turning dreams into reality is our specialty. It's ok if you don't even know where to start - as long as you know the "what" we can handle the "how."
  • Scaling Growing a business is hard, but keeping the momentum going is even harder. When it's time to level up, we'll create the game plan you need to grow your organization quickly, efficiently, and sustainably.
  • Coaching The most successful leaders know that they need outside perspective and emotional support. We're here to guide you, every step of the way.

Our team

Michelle Coyle


Michelle is an expert in scaling small businesses and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs thrive. With 17 years of experience as an entrepreneur, management consultant, and angel investor under her belt, she knows what it takes to launch and grow your business FAST. Michelle earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2009.

Wes Melville

Vice President, Client Success

Wes has 15 years' experience in strategy consulting and brand marketing, supporting clients across industries spanning the federal government, private sector, startup, and nonprofit worlds. He is passionate about helping progressive political startups and mission-minded small businesses solve problems and launch successful and sustainable business models. Wes received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.

Arika Clark Alejo

Head Mindset Coach

Arika's passion is helping small business owners up-level their professional and personal lives. With 20 year as an entrepreneur under her belt, Arika has personal experience with all of the mindset issues that come up in the difficult process of growing a business. She holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education, an Associate Credentialed Coach designation with the International Coach Federation, and is a certified Emotional Intelligence practitioner. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Moraine Valley Community College and is the current President of the International Coaching Federation, Chicago Chapter. 

Lindsay Sacco


Lindsay's background in government affairs, policy, and working for small businesses kick-started her passion for helping mission-driven, progressive entrepreneurs scale their work. She holds an MBA from Carlson School of Management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and a focus in customer development and pricing. Unapologetically gay and liberal, Lindsay centers her work around supporting queer folks and allies.

Alex Mullineaux


Alex is our resident healthcare industry expert, having 10 years of executive experience helming multiple multi-billion dollar hospital organizations. In 2011 he earned an MBA from the Smith School at University of Maryland. Prior to entering the healthcare sector, he worked on Democratic political campaigns around the country.

Erin Linkins

HR Specialist

Erin built her human resources career over the past 15 years on a foundation of progressive, creative, and technical clients, primarily in agency environments. She works with our to clients to develop policies and practices that will not only strengthen their operational infrastructure but will ultimately assist in attracting and retaining top talent. Erin obtained her Certified Staffing Professional certification from the American Staffing Association and her Certified Professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Andrea Eaton


Andrea uses her 10+ years of experience in management, corporate development, and business consulting to help clients achieve their goals efficiently and effectively. She received her MBA with Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.