Speaker and facilitator

My experience serves those looking to promote empathy and meaningful discussion. Read a transcript from my talk at the Nepali Literary Society here.

Sample topics: launching projects with impact, entrepreneurship, career change, connection and networking, finding your passion, fundraising, nonprofits, travel 

Digital Portfolio

Freelancer and impresario

My clients include: Seth Godin – NYC conferenceimpresario workshop2-day seminarconnection dinnersJodi Sagorin and With My Own Two Hands Foundation – Pause Play Kenya; Networking events and conferences – Urban Girl SquadSocial Media WeekSummit; Discover Outdoors Foundation – Everest Base Camp Fundraiser; Travel Companies – World Travel, Discover Outdoors; Leadership and education initiatives (Nepal) – Solar project, first field trip, Learning House

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Writing and blogging

In addition to regular posts on Project Exponential and Khata: Life, you can find my words here:

  • What NGOs/INGOs can do to help Nepal heal – Medium
  • 5 considerations for those moving to a new country – Medium
  • National Geographic and the Power of Media – Crossing the Border 
  • What I learned about America while living in Nepal – Medium
  • Today I gave out 34 roses. – Medium
  • You are your own media company – Medium
  • Most valuable word in human economy – Fast Company
  • Everest Base Camp: A travel journal – Exposure
  • From probation officer to entrepreneur: 5 tips I took out of the county jail into business –  Medium
  • A step-by-step guide for traveling with a purpose – Medium
  • The courage to quit – Medium
  • Do NOT go to grad school – Let me tell you what really matters – Medium
  • I’ve worn the same jeans for six months: Tips for meaningful travel, part 1 of 2 – Medium
  • If you want to travel the world, pick up a broom: Tips for meaningful travel, part 2 of 2 – Medium
  • Life sucks, meditation isn’t what you think. (from Buddhist monks to American entrepreneurs, with love) – Medium
  • Quitting everything to go to Nepal was the best thing I’ve done. 7 lessons from volunteering in a monastery – Medium
  • Voluntourism and responsibility of travelers: 8 tips for meaningful vacations – Nepali Blogger

Michelle uses the skills of a sociologist, the training of a psychologist and the social gifts of a conversationalist to connect people to one another. She has an unmatched ability to draw people out, to listen, and to connect the dots in ways that inspire big ideas and innovative thinking.

Guy Raz, NPR

"Being the organizer behind 300 events in one city over the course of a week takes a finesse few can muster. But she did it with grace, humor, and managed to endear those around her to the task."

Nicky Yates, Crowdcentric

"Michelle encourages and challenges me to think bigger."

Amanda Goldfine Hofman, Urban Girl Squad

…She not only thinks about world issues, she does something about them.

Carole Deletiner, FIT

Michelle has the ability to unveil directions that you had never thought of before. Her simple advice was monumental in some of my ventures. Additionally, if she offers to connect you with someone that could help, then you can expect to meet someone phenomenal.

Meagan Nowacoski, Contrib(YOU)tion Experiment

...Tireless, always hungry for more, always thinking of way to create meaning, connections and value for herself, her company and her network of friends and like minded cohorts. Everything she touches turns to gold.

Charlie Grosso, Baang and Burne Contemporary