Creator of Extreme Resiliency
Owner of VERB Entertainment Group
Founder of Rock to STOP Violence
Mom; Author/Producer (book to film memoir, Held Hostage); Entrepreneur; Resiliency Expert & Speaker; Anti-Violence Activist; Cause Related Event Director; Animal Lover; Travel Enthusiast.
Michelle was named in the "Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter".
Recently named one of the Top 20 Women Who ROCK San Diego by SD Metro Magazine!
"Michelle Renee is an author, speaker, and non-violence activist. Her amazing triumphant story premiered on Lifetime in early 2010. But to hear it from her will inspire you, shock you, and leave you committed to releasing any story that could keep you hostage." Jana Fleming-Emotional Healing Systems/Journey to Wholeness Retreats
About Michelle Renee
Michelle Renee is an author, freelance writer, speaker, activist, leadership & resiliency expert. She is also the Founder of Rock to Stop & Extreme Resiliency. Her journey has been filled with heartbreaking violence, her daughter's severe MS diagnosis, and uplifing, inspiring success. Her story and message is one of a mother's love, courage, determination, and EXTREME RESILIENCY.
Leaving behind emotional and physical abuse, Michelle Renee became a homeless runaway at age 15. Determined to make a life for herself, she climbed the corporate ladder to become an Assistant Vice President/Executive Banker by the time she was 30. Her career ambitions were shattered when three masked gunmen broke the door to her home down, held her and only child hostage for 14 hours, taped explosives to their bodies and forced Michelle to rob the bank she managed to save their life.
It was in those 14 hours held hostage, as she was preparing to die, that Michelle knew it was time to heal her life...all of it. It was time to face all that had been holding her hostage for as long as she could remember.
In the aftermath of the violent home invasion kidnapping, hostage, and bank robbery ordeal, Michelle chose to follow her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She, while awaiting the criminla trial of their attackers, returned to college at the University of Alaska Anchorage at age 35 enrolling in Communications courses with an emphasis on public relations, and created her non-profit focused on positive change.
Today Michelle Renee an award-winning author, International speaker, respected activist, and extreme resiliency coach/educator. Michelle’s debut memoir, Held Hostage, is now a Lifetime world premiere movie starring Julie Benz; a project she served as Creative Consultant and Associate Producer on. Michelle and her daughter are honorees shown on the Chicago Survivor Wall alongside Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Joe Torre and Shelby Lynn, to name a few. Their story is featured on E!, 48 Hours, Fuji TV in Japan, and Discovery. Michelle has also been seen on Good Morning America, W Network(Canada), Lifetime, A & E, BIO, Fox, CBS, NBC, KPBS, and numberous other television and radio shows. She was recently a contributor to NY Times, Washington Post, is a featured Huffington Post blogger, and More Magazine online contributing writer. She is an MSN Hometown Hero and recent Women Changing the World honoree.
Michelle is currently working on her sophomore book, EXTREME RESILIENCY. Visit www.EXTREMERESILIENCY.COM for more information or contact Phyllis Parsons of The Parsons Company for Booking: 925-934-5300 or P_Parsons2001@yahoo.com)
She resides in Southern California with her daughter Breea and two dogs, Gypsy and Spike.