About Us

About Us

by rainmakercoaching

Welcome to Rainmaker Coaching

Richard Florida, in The Rise of the Creative Class, points out that “access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steel-making.”

Our work is all about accessing that talent.  It’s about unlocking the wisdom that resides in you, your team, your organization or community.  We help you achieve what one would be unable to achieve alone. We help you see (and capture) the possibility that rests at your fingertips.

Our work is rooted in the teachings of social science and business scholars, the disciplines of creatives and over a decade of experience facilitating groups through strategic planning, team-building, conflict resolution and community collaborations.

We are delighted that you’ve found our site.  We’d love to hear from you.


Our work doesn’t call for falling off ladders or dangling from ropes. Our emphasis is based in dialogue and reflection.

Clients count on us to help them transform uncertainty into possibility and rapid change into lasting progress. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

Frances VanHouten, Principal

Frances VanHouten is a quick thinker, whose first job was as “Tinsel, The Clown” at “Santa’s Land” in Putney, Vermont. Since that time she has: earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Master’s degree in organization development; held leadership roles in industrial product development and business-to-business marketing; and worked with groups throughout the US and Europe.

Inspired to work for herself, VanHouten became a freelance marketer until she found her calling in the social sciences. She established RainMaker Coaching in 2000 and has been busy ever since.  Described as a “sparkplug,” her work is characterized by a direct and energetic style that keeps people on their toes.

Certified Professional Facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators, 2007

Certified Practitioner of the MBTI Step I and Step II Instruments, 2009 by the Center for Applications of Psychological Type

Holds Gold Mastery Certification in Strategic and Systems Thinking from the Haines Centre for Strategic Management in Collaboration with the University of San Diego, 2012