Who is Merritt Minnemeyer?

Founder and Creator of Master of One Coaching

Master of One is a Transformational Leadership Coaching practice for social entrepreneurs enacting powerful visions for the greatest good.

We are committed to walking with clients the world over as they achieve – and exceed – their highest goals and connecting them to a deep understanding of purpose in working and living. Using time-tested practical coaching approaches, coupled with a unique entrepreneurial perspective and a lifetime commitment to living on-purpose, Merritt and her team work diligently to develop clarity, insight, and best of all, achieve results specific to each client’s desires and dreams.

Championing clients as they discover how to have a massive positive impact in the world is our superpower.  We don’t just preach about creating the extraordinary, we are living it right alongside you.  Join us.

I've been Yoda'd. Merrit Yoda'd me.

Tim McQueen

Producer and Community Leader

Jack of few trades, Master of One.

Merritt Minnemeyer's Journey

Merritt Minnemeyer, ACC, CPC, ELI-MP, is the Founder & Creator of Master of One Coaching. She is highly trained educator, facilitator and performer and brings over 20 years in business, education, social justice, and the arts to create unique and specifically crafted programs for the benefit of each client.

Born in Northern California to a family with a strong entrepreneurial lineage, Merritt began her career in New York City as a performer, producer, and director, and quickly realized her passion for sharing inspiration with others by teaching arts-based strategies to kids and adults. After years of working with under-served communities, her interests pivoted into social justice and leadership development first with youth and then with adults from all walks of life. Since then she has developed and implemented a wide array of coaching and leadership programming in venues ranging from private corporations to government agencies, schools and districts, law enforcement, higher education, and nonprofit organizations.

Throughout her diverse professional career, as well as in her personal experiences as a cancer widow and adoptive mom of kids with special needs, Merritt may not have seen it all, but she has come close. She credits her experience with trauma, loss, and rebuilding with providing her the perspective that truly anything is possible by enacting hope, perseverance, a quirky sense of humor, and crystal clear vision.

Merritt holds an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation from the International Coach Federation, the world leader and standard-bearer in the industry. In addition, she is a proud graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) from which she earned both a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and an Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) credential. Before discovering coaching as her calling, she graduated with a BFA in Acting from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and later with a Masters in Humanistic/Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz.

Dedicated to her community, Merritt is a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Dutchess, the Hudson Valley region’s premier leadership program. She is active in several chambers of commerce and business associations, and is currently training to serve as a Director Consultant for the Hudson Valley Region of Business Networking International, for which she is also the President for her chapter. She has served on several nonprofit boards and enjoys giving her time in service of others most recently as a Fellow for the 2018 and 2019 Hudson Valley Future Summit at SUNY New Paltz and on the Professional Development Committee for the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has also been known to muck out stalls for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary to satiate her fantasy of one day owning her own farm.

Merritt shares her life with her remarkable husband, their three vibrant boys,  and a menagerie of critters. She is delighted to call the idyllic Hudson Valley her home after years in New York City, Seattle, the Monterey Peninsula, Western NY, and two short-term stays in the UK. A published writer, she is an avid live music fan, a voracious devour-er of books, a joyful traveler, and calls anywhere near the ocean her happy place. Above all, she enjoys facilitating inspiration and positive change and is thrilled to support others who are hungry for growth and transformation, and to contribute to the health and wealth of the world.

Master of One Coaching is Merritt’s dream come true.


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I’ve known Merritt for a long time, but I didn’t start working with her as a Coach until recently. I’d gone through my own changes, hit some speed bumps, done some basic work, but Merritt’s approach – personal, empathetic, encouraging – has been not only empowering but a relief! Sometimes it takes someone outside of yourself to remind you how great you can be. Fortunately, when you work with Merritt, you not only get reminded and get new tools to help your journey, but you find a mentor who is proof positive that everything is possible.

Matt Ritchey


Merritt is generous, warm, good-humored and respectful. She responds to the issues at hand and also gently pushes to get to the deeper Issues underlying one’s resistance and fears. I’m so glad to have found her—my work, and my life, have grown and my visions for the future are more possible, and more likely, than ever.

Chris Wells

Founder & Executive Director , The Secret City