Who we are and what we do

Cultivating Change LLC was formed in 2006 to create and promote the use of resources designed to help people map change creatively, steer change constructively, and drive change in good conscience. We believe we can change the world together by helping everyone build a life for themselves that fulfills them and a legacy that inspires them and others.


So, what's with the leaves?

The beautiful red leaves you see throughout our site are from a Copper Beech tree. The Copper Beech is a stunning tree that has come to symbolize a person's lasting legacy. You see, the Copper Beech grows so slowly that the one who plants it won't be around to enjoy its spectacular, full-grown beauty. The person who plants this tree does it for future generations to enjoy. 

Meet Our Experts

We've been helping high net-worth families and investors using the Master Plan system since 2006, and now our experts are making this life-changing way of integrating financial and life planning accessible to everyone in easy to consume, self-paced online courses.

Bonnie Hartley, Ph.D., is President of Transition Dynamics Inc, and specializes in leveraging change in enterprise. She works primarily with family offices and their advisors, developing long-term educational programs for individual family members on family office governance, financial resource management, conflict resolution and philanthropic initiatives. Her overarching goal is to help family members assess risk and make thoughtful, realistic decisions regarding their individual career paths and their roles in the family and its family office and family foundation.

She is a Fellow in the Family Firm Institute and holds their certificate in family wealth advising. She is an emeritus board member of the Family Firm Institute and Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprise. She speaks internationally on leveraging change, governance systems and leadership development in enterprise families. Her books Sudden Death and Unexpected Wealth were published in 2006. She co-authored with John Gibson The Dynamics of Aging Families and Health Care Issues of Aging Families, also published in 2006. Bloomberg Press published her book, Family Wealth Transition Planning, co-authored with Gwendolyn Griffith, in 2009.  In 2010 she and co-author Michael T. Hartley released the two-CD series, Think Ahead. She and her husband founded the 501(c)3 Venice Institute for Performing Arts Center Management Inc in 2016 to serve the Venice and Southwest Florida region.


Michael T. Hartley, CFP®, is Chairman and CEO of DKE Comprehensive Wealth Counsel. 

He frequently works as part of collegial teams that provide sophisticated estate, tax, and investment planning, as well as family office services. In addition to his executive duties, Mike is involved on a day-to-day basis with the use of covered call writing, protective put strategies, collars and other forms of sophisticated investment planning. Prior to joining Dale K. Ehrhart, Inc. in 1985, Mike worked as a corporate comptroller and director of finance.

Mike is actively involved in many civic and charitable organizations in the Venice area, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the National YMCA Southern Region. A member of Family Firm Institute, Financial Planning Association, and National Committee on Planned Giving, Mike chairs the finance committee of The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. He co-authored Master Plan; Integrating Your Financial Planning, Legal and Estate Planning and Life Planning in 2006. He is a founding member of the Institute of Philanthropy and works with the Sudden Money Institute.



Michael W. Hartley, CFP® is President and Chief Operating Officer of DKE Comprehensive Wealth Counsel, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®. Mike holds the Family Wealth Advising and Family Business Advising Certificates from The Family Firm Institute (FFI), and was recently listed as a Top 40 Under 40 Advisor by WealthManagement.com, the digital resource of Trusts and Estates magazine. He is also a Registered Investment Advisor Representative.

He earned both his Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Miami (Miami, Fla.). He also completed the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business course for Strategic Portfolio Design.

Mike currently serves as a Trustee for a private Family Foundation and served on the local board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. He enjoys boating, fishing and scuba diving, and as a Miami Hurricanes football alumni he also enjoys attending games in Miami and relaxing with his family in the Florida Keys. He has also volunteered for Mote Marine to support their coral reef restoration project.


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