Michele Hunt Transformation Catalyst, Author

Michele is an author, 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. She 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 which 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. Michele is the author of 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. and DreamMakers: Agents of Transformation, published in Brazil and featuring Brazilian DreamMakers. She 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 is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michele-hunt/ 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 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, led 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 served on the boards 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 served on numerous non-profit boards including Grand Rapids Symphony, Governor Blanchard’s Commission on the Future of Michigan’s Higher Education, and Union Institute and University. 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. www.dreammakers.org

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