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Our Team


Mike Williams

Owner/CEO/Trainer

Since 1989 Mike Williams has trained and coached thousands of leaders in hundreds of companies to improve leadership, teamwork, communication, sales, and customer service. Williams founded Accelerated Leadership in 1999 to bring international-award winning PAR leadership and communication training to Gulf Coast businesses. Williams also partners with Relevant Coaching on large-scale leadership coaching projects.

Williams has a BS degree in Business Administration from LSU, is a certified trainer through The Par Training Corp and Relevant Coaching, LCC, and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach(CPCC) through the Coach Training Institute (CTI).

Mike and his wife, Kathleen, have been happily married for 35 years, have 4 adult daughters, and reside in Lafayette, La. Mike has led music in churches for more than 30 years.


Ross Trahan

Vice President/Consultant /Trainer

Ross Trahan brings extensive field and administrative experience to training (Certified PAR Facilitator), coaching, and consulting from his background in education (B.A.), commercial construction, oilfield services, and church ministry (Ordained Minister). In addition to Accelerated Leadership, Ross is the founder of Next Step Ministries. A superb speaker and facilitator, Ross’s passion for people, businesses and their growth has opened new doors for Accelerated Leadership in the areas of Behavior Based Safety, Personality Assessments, and Business Consulting.

The father of 6/grandfather of 2, Ross lives with his wife of 30 years, Celeste, and his 3 youngest daughters in New Iberia, Louisiana.


Devaney Bourque

Organizational Management & Performance Consultant, Instructional Designer, Trainer

Devaney brings to Accelerated Leadership the diversity of organizational management, business administration, training design and development, and leadership experiences in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations. Devaney received her Master’s degree in Instructional Design Technology for Professional Trainers and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Leading by encouraging others to work together has been a passion for Devaney throughout her life. She has fulfilled this passion professionally by following a simple principle, “People should always be considered before processes!” This is beneficial to clients in that she understands the demands upon decision makers to equip and empower people while effectively managing organizational processes. Alternatively, having been an employee, she is able to help others realize the transferability of their own professional skills, knowledge, and experience into the best-fit positions and roles. This combination can be a win-win opportunity for everyone in reaching operational and professional fulfillment goals.


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