In the Community

“To the whole world you might be just one person, but to one person you might just be the whole world.” ~Pablo Casals


12/11/2018 – Michelle attended Fordham University’s Fairfield County Presidential Reception at the Country Club of Darien. View photos from the event

Nearly 200 alumni, parents, admitted students, and friends attended and enjoyed reconnecting with one another, learning more about Fordham, and hearing updates on the University shared by Father McShane in Darien, CT.


11/16/2018 – MSFRM UCONN students from the Graduate School of Business/Risk Management Program presented their Risk Index for Board Governance in Nonprofit Organizations report, an experiential learning capstone project sponsored by Hopson Consultancy, LLC.  The selected 2018 Fall cohort focused on governance & risk to add to the multi-year development of a nonprofit financial risk management framework model.

UCONN Financial Risk Management Graduate Students (Fall 2018)

Capstone objective:
Multi-year development of a Nonprofit Financial Risk Management Model for academic publication and nonprofit sector application.

A new semester group of graduate students are tasked to review the prior cohort’s Nonprofit Financial Risk Management literature review in preparation for building a foundational section of a risk management model.  Students met with Professor Rakotomavo and Michelle Hopson to engagingly discuss the project objective, framework, and deliverables today.

Capstone contact:
Michel Rakotomavo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Residence
Academic Director, MSFRM program
University of Connecticut
School of Business
Finance Department
2100 Hillside Road, Unit 1041
Storrs, CT 06269-1041
michel.rakotomavo@uconn.edu
(860)-486-5631


10/23/2018 – Michelle was a guest speaker at the 2018-2019 Fordham Mentoring Program Meet & Greet at the Rose Hill campus, kicking off the Fordham Mentoring Program‘s one-on-one mentorship for the academic year.  She presented best practices for new mentors, tips for mentees to get the most out of their mentor, and a professional reflection on her own experiences with the program throughout the years.  Click here for event photos.

2018-2019 mentee:  Wanida “Ting” Yana, Fordham College at Rose Hill, Senior, International Studies major, interning at the United Nations for the academic year


9/5/2018 – Students from the UCONN Graduate School of Business/Risk Management Program kicked-off another phase of a multi-year Capstone project with Hopson Consultancy, LLC.  A new semester group of graduate students are tasked to review the prior cohort’s Nonprofit Financial Risk Management literature review in preparation for building a foundational section of a risk management model.  Students met with Professor Rakotomavo and Michelle Hopson to engagingly discuss the project objective, framework, and deliverables today.

Capstone objective:
Multi-year development of a Nonprofit Financial Risk Management Model for academic publication and nonprofit sector application.

Capstone contact:
Michel Rakotomavo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Residence
Academic Director, MSFRM program
University of Connecticut
School of Business
Finance Department
2100 Hillside Road, Unit 1041
Storrs, CT 06269-1041
michel.rakotomavo@uconn.edu
(860)-486-5631


7/23/2018 – Michelle facilitated a Board retreat for WestFair Rides, a New York collaborative not-for-profit organization managing ride choices in Westchester County for older adults and for adults with vision impairments.  The Mini-planning retreat session was well-attended by staff, board members, advisory council members and volunteers.  All got to work and improved fundamental business language in preparation for the organization’s strategic plan.

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6/27/2018 – Michelle co-facilitated a Diversity workplace training with Kitty Tyrol of NCCJ for Person-to-Person (P2P) at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT.  The full-day training examined the systems of oppression and privilege, focusing on race and class.  P2P participants, from executive leadership to volunteers, worked through interactive activities and dialogue topics that expanded awareness, enhanced communication skills and boosted cultural competence. 

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5/29/2018 – Michelle was a guest supporter & speaker at the ELSS of Fairfield County and Norwalk High School’s ELL pilot ASPIRE program’s end of year celebration.  The ASPIRE English Language Learner students completed their first full year of in-school tutoring and celebrated with an end of year ceremony.  The purpose of ASPIRE was to provide academic support in order to accelerate fluency of English language skills, making high school graduation and enrollment in a post-secondary program a more likely outcome.  

Attendees included program students, ESL tutors, ESL teachers, Norwalk Public School’s Instructional Specialist, and ELSS Board Members.  See the online published Article by The Hour for detailed coverage.


5/07/2018 – Hopson Consultancy was a vendor/exhibitor display sponsor at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit that brought together volunteer and professional leaders in the nonprofit sector to identify emerging challenges and opportunities, shape new leadership strategies and build organizations that excel.  

See more of United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Summit event photos here.


5/02/2018 – Michelle presented at Fordham’s Milestone: Mentor Appreciation Reception.  Attendees included a loyal network of alumni professionals willing to volunteer their time on behalf of the University, and motivated undergraduate students eager to prepare themselves for success. The Fordham Mentoring Program is a comprehensive, year-long program that fosters meaningful and productive one-on-one relationships between students and mentors. 

Milestone: Mentor Appreciation Reception

3/28/2018 – Michelle ran a career preparedness workshop at SUNY/Purchase College for Cornerstone Program ASD students in partnership with New Frontiers in Learning. Participants were art, history, and social science majors who gained employment-readiness skills necessary to become confident and independent job seekers.  Workshop topics covered self-awareness, self-assessment, occupational profiling, job shadowing, self-branding, and provided resume resources.

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2/6/2018 – Michelle Hopson has joined New Frontiers in Learning as an Academic & Executive Function Coach for the Westchester County & Southern Fairfield County territories.  She’ll work with college students in local and regional universities supporting their academic, organizational, life skills, and career development rooted in mentorship.

Screen Shot 2018-02-09 at 9.53.37 AMThe mission of New Frontiers in Learning is to provide the highest quality education and social support services to young adults who learn differently. Our ongoing personalized programming is designed to meet the needs of students who benefit from individualized supports in the areas of academic learning, executive functioning, and social interaction at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

www.nfil.net
80 Broad Street, Suite 1702
New York, NY 10004
T: (646) 558-0085
F: (646) 558-0011


12/8/2018 – Graduate students from the UCONN Graduate School of Business/Risk Management Program presented their capstone’s social impact final project sponsored by Hopson Consultancy, LLC.  Their semester research objective focused on the general risk management index for the nonprofit sector.

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Capstone objective:
Multi-year development of a Nonprofit Financial Risk Management Model for academic publication and nonprofit sector application.

Capstone contact:
Michel Rakotomavo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Residence
Academic Director, MSFRM program
University of Connecticut
School of Business
Finance Department
2100 Hillside Road, Unit 1041
Storrs, CT 06269-1041
michel.rakotomavo@uconn.edu
(860)-486-5631


11/14/2017 – Michelle celebrated National Philanthropy Day at AFP Westchester’s Conference & Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY.  Executive/Level 5 leaders in the industry led three plenary sessions with six workshops and spent the day imparting their knowledge and answering questions. Board Members, Executive Directors/CEOs, and Development Directors gained insight from the latest research in the field and was inspired to rethink their approaches to fundraising.

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10/25/2017 – Michelle met her 2017-2018 mentee at the kick-off Fordham Mentoring Program’s Milestone Event at the Rose Hill campus.  This year, Michelle’s mentee is an international development & women’s studies undergraduate groomed for global social justice service.  For both, it is a true exercise in the Jesuit concept of magis or the endeavor of doing more, achieving more, and being more.

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The Fordham Mentoring Program is a comprehensive, year-long program that fosters meaningful and productive one-on-one relationships between students and mentors. The program is made possible by a loyal network of alumni professionals willing to volunteer their time on behalf of the University and motivated undergraduate students eager to prepare themselves for success with the help of fellow Rams. 


10/13/2017 – Graduate students from the UCONN Graduate School of Business/Risk Management Program kicked-off a multi-year Capstone project with Hopson Consultancy, LLC.  Students presented their Nonprofit Financial Risk Management literature review to Michelle Hopson and Professor Michel Rakotamovo, Ph.D.  The 45 minute presentation was followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.  

Capstone project objective:
Multi-year development of a Nonprofit Financial Risk Management Model for academic publication and nonprofit sector application.


9/6/2017 – Michelle Hopson launched a Bachson Academy Sheltered ESL Program at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT, serving as the provisional management contractor & sheltered ELL instructor.  The academic program uses the Trinity Catholic High School curriculum to ensure that the international students are learning grade-level content, developing academic skills, and increasing their English language proficiency in a sheltered/small group learning environment.  This sheltered ESL school-program partnership is the first of its kind in Connecticut.


7/18/2017 – Hopson Consultancy has partnered with the UCONN School of Business’ Graduate Program in Risk Management for a company-sponsored capstone graduate student social-impact project overseen by Prof. Michel Rakotomavo, Ph.D. of UCONN School of Business, Finance Department.

Capstone project objective:
Development of a Nonprofit Financial Risk Management Model for academic publication and nonprofit sector application.

Capstone project term: 
Multi-year, Phase 1 beginning August 2017

Company-sponsor:
Hopson Consultancy, LLC

Capstone contact:
Michel Rakotomavo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Residence
Academic Director, MSFRM program
University of Connecticut
School of Business
Finance Department
2100 Hillside Road, Unit 1041
Storrs, CT 06269-1041
michel.rakotomavo@uconn.edu
(860)-486-5631


6/14/2017 – Michelle Hopson attended the 4th annual CEO Evolution presented by Citrin Cooperman, FCBJ, and the University of Connecticut School of Business.  Veteran executives shared insights, strategies, and their secrets to success with key topics on transformation management, culture shaping, and technology.

ONI CHUKWU, executive pioneer, spoke about accelerating the market position and global growth of a cloud event management software company and how he previously led the successful integration of eight cross-border acquisitions for a world-renowned commodities management software solutions company.

JOHN J. PRELI, executive leader and IBM veteran, shared how he enables business and culture transformation to accelerate performance and mitigate enterprise risk. We explored how business analytics is transforming businesses and industries with examples from IBM’s acquisition of The Weather Company.


Secrets to Success: A CEO’s Perspective

The CEO Evolution is an annual seminar series that takes place in several regions where Citrin Cooperman has offices.  The CEO Evolution series aims to identify and recognize those CEOs and leaders who have risen to the top and evolved as industry leaders.  This annual event brings together some of the most notable and most dynamic CEOs in the state to share their experiences, strategies and best practices to help others gain insight into becoming better leaders.  


6/13/2017 – Hopson Consultancy, LLC is a certified Small/Minority Business Enterprise by the State of Connecticut/Department of Administrative Service’s Supplier Diversity Program.

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6/2/2017 – The International Society of Business Leaders published a press release recognizing Michelle Hopson’s member profile and company.


6/1/2017 – Hopson Consultancy, LLC was a small business supplier-participant for the CT Business Matchmaker at the University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center.  

Small business owners met with target agencies and prime government contractors for their recruitment and search for small business suppliers throughout the state.

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5/17/2017 – Michelle participated in the first BrandTwist BrandSafari in Tribeca/SoHo. This by invitation only workshop for selected business owners and brand-marketing professionals was lead by Julie Cottineau and her Brand School team. This was a full day inspiration outing where participants started at a meeting basecamp loft in Tribeca, followed by a day of visiting several SoHo brand experiences, and reconvening to create new, cross-sector collaborative initiatives to bring to market.

Outcome: Hopson Consultancy, LLC will launch a special program service for grassroots organizations in the fall of 2017.

Brand SafariRepresented companies: Aurora Consulting, Axis Promotions, Cafe Realty, Children’s Aid Society, Control Chaos, DavidTheFixer.com, Decorating Den, DeMakes Consulting, Detection in Time, Global Commerce Education, Growthtera, Hopson Consultancy, Jacob Burns, Navigate, Northwell Health, Pinnacle Travel, Private Health, Project Organize, Rhinebrook Events, SilverSmith, Sleepy on Hudson, and Zen Closet.


4/28/2017 – Hopson Consultancy, LLC was a sponsor & exhibitor of the Stamford Small Business Symposium at the UCONN Stamford, CT campus. 

Over 100+ small businesses registered to network, share resources, and learn from keynote & featured speakers, as well as attend breakout sessions.

Keynote Speaker & Featured Speaker

Stamford Advocate: “New small-business conference set for Friday at UConn-Stamford” by Paul Schott


4/28/2017 – Michelle was a participant in the CPTV/PBS documentary Unlearning: Breaking Bias. Building Community. through her work as a Social Justice Facilitation Consultation with the National Conference of Community and Justice

CPTV's Unlearning: breaking bias, building community

Premiered Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
Repeats Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, June 20 at 10 p.m.

About the Program:
When we are born, we innately value justice and fairness. Prejudice, however, is learned and no one is immune. So how do we fight discrimination, bias and bigotry? How do we build communities that are inclusive and just for all? For 90 years the National Conference for Community and Justice has been answering these questions. This is the story of breaking bias—one unlikely friendship at a time. What can be learned can be unlearned.

Unlearning: Breaking Bias. Building Community. is a CPTV Partnership Production with the National Conference of Community and Justice. Additional support is provided by the Newman’s Own Foundation, KeyBank, and the Barnes Group Inc. Learn more about Partnership Productions at cpbn.org/partnership-productions.


4/4/2017 – Michelle was honored as one of the Diversity Champion in Business presented by the Westchester County & Fairfield County Business Journals.  40 diversity leaders throughout Westchester & Fairfield counties were recognized for their leadership with diversity & inclusion in the workplace in Westchester, NY.

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Celebrating Diversity in Business was sponsored by Greater Hudson Bank and Stamford Health. Diversity advocates for the event were Arch Street Communications, Caribbean Food Delights, PFK O’Connor Davies, Pullman & Comley LLC and Skanska.


2/26/2017 & 3/5/2017 – Michelle served as a teaching adjunct/Continuing Education Teacher for the Borough of Manhattan Community College – Continuing Education & Workforce Development’s Learning Across America program.  She facilitated an intensive, non-credit weekend course through classroom lectures, films, articles, and discussions.  International/english-language learner students focused on a geographic destination while improving their English comprehension and conversational skills.

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2/22/2017 – Michelle was a guest lecturer for first year students from the UCONN Stamford’s SSS CAP Office – first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students with goals of retention and graduation. She provided skill building techniques in personal leadership and time management to a select group of freshman.  

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1/31/2017 – Michelle co-facilitated a 2 day NCCJ youth development training workshop on bias and education for a selected group of Rocky Hill High School students at their local community center in Rocky Hill, CT.  Students participated in the NCCJ Bridges anti-bullying, prejudice reduction, self esteem building program with actionable student leadership tools for improving their school climate.

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1/13/2017 – Michelle Hopson was selected for the National Conference for Community and Justice’s Social Justice Educator Train-the-Trainer program, celebrating the diversity  of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities & sexual orientations via NCCJ’s pedagogy, exploration of the United States’ history of oppression, including understanding the foundational information and delving into the various forms of bias and discrimination. 

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NCCJ educates youth and adults in schools, social service organizations, corporations, law enforcement, as well as working with parents and communities throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. 


12/19/2016 – The Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals honored 40 Diversity Champions in a special publication recognizing the diversity leaders in Westchester & Fairfield counties.  Michelle Hopson was recognized under the “Most Socially Conscious” category for recognizing a social problem and doing something about it through her consultancy practice projects in CT & NY.  Her profile has been entered in a regional competition and awards program.  Support Michelle and vote here!

Celebrating Diversity

Celebrating Diversity Booklet


11/15/2016 – Hopson Consultancy proudly nominated Romy Solomon as a Milli Award nominee for her global leadership in youth development in the nonprofit sector. Nominations were open to the Fairfield County and Westchester County public.  A panel of three judges from Fordham University, The Dannon Co., and the McIntyre Group scored nominations, and the top 11 millennials from each county were chosen.

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Romy Solomon was selected as a top millennial for the Fairfield County because she has shown dedication and vision at work in her community.  She was honored at the Surf Club in New Rochelle, NY and interviewed by Westchester Talk Radio on November 15, 2016. Milli Award honorees represented all industries, from nonprofits to real estate companies and wealth management firms.  

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Full awards ceremony video
Podcast by Westchester Talk Radio
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11/14/2016 – Michelle was chosen as a Diversity Champion in the inaugural Celebrating Diversity program under the direction of the Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals.  

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40 business people were chosen and singled out for his or her extraordinary leadership qualities, ongoing commitment to personal and professional development and outstanding accomplishments that have made an impact in his/her business sector. Michelle was nominated in the “Most Socially Conscious” category.


Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 9.42.16 AM9/07/2016 – Michelle was selected as a Leadership Coach at Leap4Change.org, to develop EI, IQ, entrepreneurship and global leadership skills in 14-26 year old students, as well as their professional peers, to build diverse partnerships of local and global students. Michelle will train partners to design and impact sustainable change in themselves, their community, and their world.  To coach for success in today’s global world, she will empower each partner to reach their potential in leadership education, emotional intelligence, cultural competence, entrepreneurship, and personal branding.  

leap_logoMichelle will educate in one of 6 areas of impact: education, the arts, business development, environment, health and wellness, and sports. She will inspire students and peers to build an intentional story of impact that is assessed, measured, marketed, and leveraged to open doors to higher education, job opportunities.

Her Fall 2016 cohort of Leadership Coaches include a Diversity & Inclusion Director from a Jesuit university, Business Developers from DC & Texas, and an international youth developer & Fulbright scholar.


7/29/2016 – Michelle was an international Human Resource Guest Speaker for Ateneo de Manila University’s Center for Organization and Research Development (CORD) in Quezon City, Philippines.  She provided implementable tools and actionable resources to enhance the professional attendees’ performance and rewards management systems.  Human resource and organizational specialist attendees from large to small businesses, government and community organizations participated in the 

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4/28/2016 – Michelle attended EAGLE Student Mentoring, Inc.‘s 5th Year of Service to Stamford Youths.  EAGLE honored Juanita James of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Michael Pollard, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City of Stamford.  

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Michelle & A. Bivens of Fairfield County Community Foundation
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EAGLE Students & Flavie Sanon (Founder)

EAGLE has over the last 5 years met the needs of many young people who are English Language Learners.  Her consultancy practice remains a Board Affiliate of EAGLE Student Mentoring, Inc.


UCONN4/20/2016 – Selected students from UCONN SSS CAP’s Office – first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students with goals of retention and graduation, attended Michelle Hopson’s Career Development Workshop: Fast track with Facts & Drive at the Stamford campus.  The workshop discussed the effects of the “nomad” or “gig-to-gig” job market, job retention rates, and national networking percentages.  Students completed a self-assessment passion checklist (Source: Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute’s Change Toolkit by Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter), and were presented with an online career toolkit for further career exploration and job market stats.


2015-2016 Fordham Milestone
Mentor Appreciation Dinner
April 18, 2016

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Fordham University – Lincoln Center

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Fairfield County Business Journal, Week of February 8, 2016  – Vol. 52, No. 6

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OUR LIVES with Gwen Edwards interviewed Michelle Hopson, Managing Director/CEO and a youth cast member from NPT’s production of A Broadway Holiday Extravaganza!  which aired 12/4-12/6, 2015 on News 12 Connecticut.  Click here for the interview.

On 12/3/15, Michelle was a guest speaker & presenter for the Fordham University Alumni Milestone Program’s Skills Development Workshop at the Lincoln Center Campus.  Her skill development lecture covered topics on networking presentation and pitch for internship and job readiness purposes.

    Fordham Milestone Event 

11/18/15 – Hopson Consultancy, LLC was a bronze sponsor of the CT Association of Nonprofits’ 13th Annual Conference:  Innovate & Elevate at the CT Convention Center held in Hartford, CT.

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11/11/15, Michelle was a guest speaker for a class of UCONN Stamford’s SSS/CAP students of high-potential underrepresented minority and first generation students.  

Michelle’s lecture topic covered the 3Cs of Creative Leadership & the Arts – Creativity, Collaboration & Communication, along with skill development topics covering the power of the personal pitch and overall presentation.  Students from the  UCONN SSS CAP’s Office class participated in an interactive discussion and group talk with breakout exercises practicing their own individual pitches.

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11/9/15 – Jennifer Bangser of Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County moderated a discussion on Arts Education Outreach: What’s Real. 

Art leadership guests included Sophia Gevas of Silvermine Arts Center, Michelle Hopson of New Paradigm Theatre Company, and Mary Newcomb of Greenwich Art Society.  Sophia, Michelle & Mary discussed their own take on What’s Real from their individual art sector’s academic outreach initiatives.  Michelle talked about New Paradigm Theatre Company’s theatre arts education outreach initiatives with the ASK Program at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport, the CASSA/YMCA program at Cloonan Middle School in Stamford, and the UCONN SSS/CAP Center’s college internship work during the fall 2015 semester.  Click here for the interview.

MH-UCONN-NPT10/7/15 – Michelle Hopson, in her provisional Managing Director & Business Consultant role, kicked off the UCONN SSS CAP’s Office & New Paradigm Theatre Company, Inc.’s (NPT)‘s first college lecture series on Creative Leadership & theArts, an interactive career exploration & snapshot into the world of Broadway, Film & TV for youth development. NPT’s professional teaching artists and performers lectured on the importance of public image and public speaking for overall leadership development to the UCONN SSS/CAP students and Cloonan Middle School student scholar attendees.  Panelists at the UCONN-Stamford campus event included Kristin HuffmanScott BryceNeil Fuentes, and Mark Holleran.

MH-HBS9/18/15 – Michelle Hopson participated as a selected guest for the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative’s Taste of Advanced Leadership in Action (Agenda) symposium with established and emerging leaders of regional non-profits, cause-advancing organizations, public and government organizations.  Led by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and joined by Harvard faculty members including James P. Honan, attendees had an action-packed day of interactive learning about working across organizations and sectors, when to think big and when to think small, and how to change surrounding systems.  Smaller group mentoring and cross-fertilization conversations with current AL Harvard Fellows nearing the end of their learning journey were also offered. 

“Your enthusiasm was infectious.  I hope that someday I get a chance to see in person some of the work you are doing with the New Paradigm Theater.  Nice to hear about some of your cutting edge programs.  You clearly are influencing your communities and changing the face of regional theater.  The conversation will be very helpful to me as I put together my final presentation.” ~Harvard Fellow & Sony Executive/TV
Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, in collaboration with the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative

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The Haitian TV Network broadcasted a cable access tv segment on EAGLE Student Mentoring, Inc.’s after-school program at Stamford High School.  Commentaries from EAGLE’s Founder & President, along with the staff were aired for greater community appeal and information of EAGLE’s youth development, ESL/ELL program.Michelle served as EAGLE’s Consulting Executive Director for the 2014-2015 academic term, which ended on May 29, 2015.  Visit Eagle Student Mentoring, Inc. to view the high-impact community based organization.


Certified Small/Minority Business Enterprise,
State of Connecticut’s Department of Administrative Services, 2017-2019
Diversity Champion in Business,
Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals, 2016-2017