Sought after around the world for her playful approach to translating cutting-edge research in positive psychology and neuroscience into practical actions, Michelle helps people and workplaces thrive. A best-selling author with more than 25 years of global leadership experience in organizations of all sizes, she works with boards, leadership teams, managers, and employees, helping them move beyond their fears, improve their resilience and wellbeing, and build authentic and productive connections so they can do the best work of their lives.
Michelle’s unique ability to create positive disruptions that inspire, energize and support people to create lasting strengths-based changes is why her clients include Deloitte’s, IBM, Lendlease, Treasury Wine Estate, the Dubai Government, and Melbourne University, among many others. It’s also why independent evaluations of her programs find more than 91% of participants are confident they can apply the knowledge and skills they learned, and 98% recommend her programs to others.
World-leading researchers including Professors Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, Adam Grant, Kim Cameron, and David Cooperrider trust Michelle to share their findings on the widely acclaimed podcast she hosts, Making Positive Psychology Work. An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she also blogs for Psychology Today, and her work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other media outlets around the world.
With a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and a provisional Ph.D. for her research on Appreciative Inquiry Summits, Michelle has led the charge on creating free, evidence-based tools for workplaces including the PERMAH Workplace Survey. As Professor Martin Seligman notes: “Michelle is one of the world’s leaders in designing and implementing positive psychology interventions in workplaces.”
What People Say About MICHELLE:
"Michelle is a dynamic and engaging and confident speaker who translated complex information into everyday language and stimulated a lot of discussion among our 1, 700 delegates."
Beth Phelan Conference Director, Happiness & Its Causes
“Michelle offers great insights into how your mindset can turn even the most challenging situations into opportunities.”
Professor Carol Dweck author of Mindset
“Michelle's passion for the subject, deep subject matter expertise and boundless energy and enthusiasm left our managers hungry for more and eager to implement what they had learnt.”
Anna Phillips Culture & Change Leader, IBM
“Michelle's session at our AHR/ Leadership conference was packed with take away tips and accessible information to help our aspiring leaders influence their workplace and their cultures.”
Sarah Barth Head of Strategic HR & Development, Australian Human Resources Institute
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Michelle’s Vital Statistics:
Provisional PhD in Appreciative Inquiry
Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts degree (Marketing Communication).
25 years of business experience globally & locally, including a decade in senior leadership & board roles, across Professional Services, Technology, Finance, Retail, Sports, Health, Marketing & Advertising, Education, Government & Non-Profit.
Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
International Positive Psychology Association
AHRI Organization Member
Michelle’s Must Reads For Every Leader
To help your team flourish at work, Michelle recommends that every leader read these books:
- Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor
- Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Neff
- Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity by Peggy Holman