Developing and delivering winning strategies

About Us

Developing and delivering winning strategies

About Us

by rainmakercoaching

Welcome to RainMaker Coaching

As Richard Florida point out in The Rise of the Creative Class, “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, and your 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 us and would 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.

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