Modaka Communications

Michelle Auerbach is an unreformed classics scholar with a deep respect for centuries of thinkers’ wisdom about being human in all its complexity: emotional intelligence, self-management, communication, understanding, and persuasion. She reads and translates Sanskrit, Latin, and Biblical Hebrew in her quest for the best of what’s out there on how to be human and tell stories about it.


Michelle is a trained coach and facilitator who learned the art of working with people one-on-one and in groups at the New York City Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente, and through Columbia University.

Michelle has an MFA in Writing and Poetics. She studied narrative theory and taught both college and graduate level writing and Ancient Literature and served as the Chair of the Arts & Humanities Department of her college where she developed an acute sense of program and instructional design.


Writing and crafting stories has been Michelle’s forté since she was one of the first graduates of the Program in the Arts at Barnard College, Columbia University.  She has worked as a journalist for a variety of venues including the New York Times and London Guardian and her writing has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. She published her first novel in 2012.

Practicing what she teaches, Michelle can be found writing, lecturing, facilitating, and telling stories for companies including but not limited to The Leisure Trends Group, the Navy, Johnson& Johnson, McDonalds, Redbrick Health, AL Productions, Field, Fisher, Waterhouse, Google, and for other consultants who bring her in to expand the storytelling intelligence of their clients.