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HI, I'M MICHELLE.

It's nice to meet you.

A FEW FAST FACTS
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CERTIFICATIONS

Leadership:

True North Leadership Teaching Fellow (based on the work of Bill George)

Emotional Intelligence:

  • Daniel Goleman Certified Meta-Coach

  • Genos International Certified EI Practitioner

  • ESCI Certified

 

Mindfulness:

  • Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher (Level 2)

  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional (CMT-P)

  • Personal contemplative practice spans more than 30 years

HONORS, RECOGNITION & FACULTY POSITIONS

  • Woman of The Year

  • Top Corporate Leader of The Year

  • Golden Key International Honour Society (Honorary Member)

  • Listed among "12 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement"

  • Faculty, 1440 Multiversity, Leadership Center

  • Faculty, GolemanEI Emotional Intelligence Coaching & Training Programs

EDUCATION & INDUSTRY SECTORS

  • The George Washington University Law School (Washington, D.C.)

  • Barnard College at Columbia University (New York City)

  • Key Sectors: Corporate, Retail, Education (Higher Ed), Tech, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Government, Law Enforcement, Intelligence/National Security

A LITTLE BIT OF HERSTORY

I grew up in a small town in New England in a family of high achievers and educators. My grandfather was a Colonel in the U.S. Army and instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen and my grandmother was the first black principle on Cape Cod, MA. We were taught early that service to others was both an expectation and an obligation that we each have.

 

One of my fondest, early memories is of a summer visit with a relative who introduced me to traditions of the indigenous communities such as the Cherokee and Lakota Sioux nations. It was during this visit, at the tender age of seven, that I was introduced to (secular) mindfulness meditation. During a tumultuous childhood, the broader understanding of who we are and how we can cultivate healthy states of mind, body and ways of being left an indelible mark. It was not until much later in life that I appreciated it for helping me maintain my grounding and clarity as I navigated life and relationships, but also for shaping how I do what I do as a leader, parent, spouse, friend and more.

With this as part of my foundation, I began my career as a corporate attorney with a primary focus on mergers & acquisitions, hi-tech and starts ups. After moving out of law firm practice, I transitioned to an in-house counsel position with an online media company before moving into full business roles where my curiosity took over - I was thirsty to learn what made organizations tick. I also became acutely aware of what I noticed was "the quiet suffering" experienced by leaders across industries.

 

On this journey, I served in several roles including business development, online marketing, social media, strategy, business operations, data/metrics and reporting, client services, brand management and, finally, online education with a special affinity for personal and professional leadership development. It has been an incredible learning experience; one that created a solid foundation for higher levels of leadership, a unique ability to speak and connect with people across industry sectors, help facilitate healthier ways of being and leading, and enable positive, sustainable leadership and organizational impact.

Today, I bring my legal, business, operational and emotional intelligence skills, supported by a deep secular mindfulness and compassion practice, to help leaders and their teams more skillfully navigate the terrains of work and life.

A few organizations with whom Michelle has worked include:

Corporate: GolemanEI, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Dell, Capital One, Nationwide Insurance, Chatham Financial, Fitbit, Metalsa (Mexican Manufacturing Company), Pfizer (Canada), and Deustche Telekom (Germany).

Academic (K-12 to Higher Ed): Johns Hopkins University Medical School, New York University, University of San Diego (Center for Mindfulness), UnCommon Schools, the National University of Singapore, and Bay Path University.

Non-profit: Democracy Fund, 1440 Multiversity, The George Family Foundation, Alexandria Community Trust, and The Crim Fitness Foundation.

 

Government & Law Enforcement: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection as well as York Region 3 Police and government executives (Canada).

Michelle currently resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her family.

Michelle's work has been featured in:

  • Digital Intelligence Institute (DQ Institute), in association with the World Economic Forum

  • Mindful Leadership (Summit and Articles)

  • Society for Human Resources Management (annual international conference and SHRM Speakers' Bureau)

  • Human Capital Institute (Conference)

  • Chief Learning Officer (Symposia & Magazine)

  • Leadership Excellence (Conference & Magazine)

  • Huffington Post

  • Training (Conference & Online)

  • Insight Timer - Coming 2020!