Michele is a keynote speaker who advises on leadership, team, and organizational development, organizational transformation, and strategic communications. She launched her firm in 1995.
Michele has a very diverse background. In 1992 Michele served on President Bill Clinton’s Transition Team. In 1993 she was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the Executive Director of the Federal Quality Institute. The institute’s mission was to partner with government leaders in reinventing the U S government agencies. This was a bi-partisan initiative; Creating a Government that Works Better and Cost Less, lead by Vice President Al Gore. Michele brought the latest thinking and progressive leadership and management practices to this effort, to work alongside the Cabinet Deputy Secretaries and their leadership teams. She created public-private partnerships with world-recognized thought leaders including: Peter Drucker, John Gardner, Max De Pree, Frances Hesselbein, Peter Senge, and the participation of high performing corporations like GE and Herman Miller.
Prior to this appointment, Michele spent 13 years with Herman Miller, Inc., a Fortune 500 global office furniture company. She served on the executive leadership team as Corporate Vice President for People, reporting to Max De Pree, CEO and Chairman. She was responsible for global Leadership Development, “Human Resources”, Quality Management, Learning and Development, Corporate Communications, and Change Management. In this capacity, she facilitated the company’s organizational transformation. The company’s organizational transformation resulted in Herman Miller becoming: Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Company and America’s Top 10 “Best Companies in America to Work For". The company also was recognized as the Best Company for Women, and The Best Company for Working Mothers. Herman Miller also received the prestigious Bertelsmann Award as The Best Managed Companies in the World, and numerous environmental awards. During her 13 years with the company, Michele also served as Director of Corporate Relations including: government, media, shareholder and community relations.
Michele began her career with the Michigan Department of Corrections as one of the first two female probation officers to supervise adult male felons on probation in Detroit, Michigan. She served as Executive Director of Michigan’s only halfway House for female felons, and later became Michigan’s first female Deputy Warden, leading programs for rehabilitation in a male prison.
Michele has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the Executive Education Program at the McDonough School of Business. She served as a facilitator of Tomorrow’s Corporation at the Aspen Institute.
She has served on the board of directors of Hewitt Associates, Inc. and The ServiceMaster Company. She was a founding board member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SOL) founded by Peter Senge. Michele has also served on numerous non-profit boards including Holland Community Hospital, Goodwill of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Symphony, The Jessie Owens Foundation, and Union Institute and University.