Michele is a Transformation Catalyst and Strategic Advisor on leadership, team and organizational development, organizational transformation and strategic communications. She is known internationally for her work helping leaders unleash the creative genius of their people and partners to create high-energy, high-performing organizations and communities capable of achieving superior results.
Michele works with leaders and their teams to help them come to shared interpretation of the organizations’ mission, vision, values and goals, and to engage their people in transforming their aspirations into reality. She often partners with leaders on large-scale, whole systems transformation, which aligns the company’s leadership, culture, policies, systems and processes with their mission, vision values and goals – resulting in high-energy, high-performance organizations. Her methodology taps into the minds, hearts and imagination of their people and stakeholder partners. This approach creates shared understanding, commitment and shared ownership for achieving results.
Michele launched her firm in 1995. Her customers have included leadership teams of: IBM, Motorola, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Popular Inc., (Banco Popular Puerto Rico, Banco Popular North America), SRA International, Bright China Management Institute, BHP of Australia, The Center for Digital Inclusion of Brazil, ABRH Brazil, NASA, U.S. Veterans Administration, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. National Park Service, Junior Achievement of New York, World Vision International, the Episcopal Divinity School at Harvard, Secretary Richard Riley and the top 75 leaders of the United States Department of Education, Arne Duncan and the leadership team of the Chicago Public Schools.
Popular Inc. and SRA joined Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, after engaging in Michele’s vision and values transformation process. SRA sustained that honor for 10 consecutive years.
Her work also includes communities. Michele partnered with Aruba’s Quality Foundation in the facilitation of a national shared vision for the country of Aruba: Aruba, 2005. This process engaged, mobilized and energized the citizens in all sectors of their society in the creation of a shared vision. Their seven-point vision guided the development of their people, communities, businesses, government, education and their environmental policies.
Michele is also a keynote speaker at meetings and conferences around the world for businesses, nonprofit organizations and communities. Her presentations are founded in her belief that people are extraordinary and have the capacity to create far better futures than we have dared to dream. She comes to these beliefs through her personal life and professional experiences. Her beliefs have been validated through her research for her books and documentary about people who have dared to dreamed big and turned their dreams into reality and contributed to making the world a better place. Her public speaking topics include: Visionary Leadership: Innovating for the Greater Good, The Secret to Cultural Transformation and The Power of DreamMakers: Personal stories of people, organizations and communities that transformed their positive dreams into reality.
She is the author of the books DreamMakers Innovating for the Greater Good DreamMakers: Putting Vision and Values to Work, Foreword by Max De Pree, former CEO and Chairman of Herman Miller, Inc. In 2010 she published the second book in her DreamMakers series, DreamMakers: Agents of Transformation, published in Brazil and featuring Brazilian DreamMakers.
Michele has contributed chapters to The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook by Peter Senge, The International Journal of Ethical Leadership published by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Leading People by Robert Rosen, The Diversity Action Book by Janet Crenshaw Smith and Coaching by Values: A Guide to Success in the Life of Business and the Business of Life, by Simon Dolan She has also contributed articles to numerous publications including Leader to Leader publication, special tribute to the Peter F. Drucker Centennial.
Michele also collaborated with co-directors Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker Susan Koch and Puerto Rican filmmaker Paloma Suau in the production of DreamMakers. This documentary features people who transformed their lives and communities against tremendous obstacles. A link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9uf4pdUjw4
Michele currently serves on the advisory board of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University https://weatherhead.case.edu/centers/fowler/ , the advisory boards of the David L. Cooperrider Center For Appreciative Inquiry at the Stiller School of Business, Champlain College http://www.champlain.edu/appreciativeinquiry , the Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) http://ivoh.org/ , the international board of directors of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) http://www.cdi.org.br/ and the board of directors of the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy http://detroitwindsordance.org/ .
Michele earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and University of Detroit, respectively