Michelle A. Hopson is the Principal Business Consultant & Professional Development Trainer at Hopson Consultancy, LLC. Born in Manila, Philippines, and socially constructed to speak multiple languages. Michelle is a Jesuit fanatic and a closet piano player who wishes herself playing a Sergei Rachmaninoff meditation for her 3 biggest fans – her husband, her daughter and the family shih tzu in Stamford, Connecticut.
With nonprofit & private school administration distinctive competence, Michelle formed Hopson Consultancy, LLC in 2015 to expand her impact work with nonprofits and women-owned businesses. Michelle is proud to equip her clients with the actionable strategies, implementable methods, toolkits and blueprints necessary to bolster market value and achieve set goals for the benefit of the community. She helps her clients manage their own business transformation and growth through high-level and foundational business consulting, as well as culture shaping for the new world of work.
Her book of business includes NY and CT community-based organizations, CT public and private schools, regional and international universities, and start-up to 1M revenue generating women-owned businesses throughout CT, NY, and RI. Her practice was awarded a 2016-2017 Diversity in Business Champion under the direction of the Fairfield County Business Journal (CT) and the Westchester County Business Journal (NY) for Michelle’s socially conscious leadership, ongoing commitment to personal and professional development, and impact in business in CT and NY. Junior Achievement of New York, Inc. honored her as the Community Partner of the year in 2010.
Her works have been recognized in the media and numerous publications, including in the Fairfield County Business Journal, CPTV/PBS’ Unlearning: Breaking Bias. Building Community. documentary, CT News 12’s Our Lives by Gwen Edwards, and CT’s WPKN Radio 89.5 FM radio. She continues to serve as a Connecticut Social Justice Educator and Facilitation Consultant for the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ), and an Affiliate School Consultant & Trainer for the CT After School Network.
Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal and Policy Studies from Fordham University, where she also received an Executive Education Certificate from Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business and Graduate School of Social Service’s Center for Nonprofit Leaders. In 2015, she was selected to attend a Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute symposium for Harvard Fellows, established, and emerging leaders of regional non-profits, cause-advancing organizations, public and government organizations.
Since 2008, Michelle’s coterie have described her as a creative businesswoman who relentlessly works with a high-energy-tornado-like force that will sweep you up into her social justice whirlwind.
She has successfully collaborated with schools, government agencies, community-based organizations, local businesses, active parents and diverse stakeholders throughout New York and Connecticut.
Her most notable community linkage and partnership was with Junior Achievement of New York, Inc. In June 2010, Michelle was the recipient of the Junior Achievement of New York’s Community Partner of the Year award.
She was recognized for managing and promoting a financial literacy program linkage, which led to a donated space for the JA Mobile Finance Park that served 500+ middle & high school students.
Michelle has partnered with and supported dynamic Heads of Schools, School Directors, Executive Directors, Academic Directors, Admissions Directors, Academic Services Directors, and Program Directors. She fostered school-partnerships with boarding, independent day, parochial, therapeutic, transitional, and public schools throughout the NY Tri-State Region. As a result, Michelle has managed student programs from admissions to outplacement, and gained a deep knowledge of the student life cycle from early education to college entry.
Michelle has worked with various student populations from diverse social and economic backgrounds. She served as a Student Advisor for remedial to gifted students, with various learning styles, learning differences, emotional and behavior disorders.
Over the years, she has also sat on multiple private school committees and sub-committees in the Greenwich-Stamford-Westport metro area.
- SCHOOLS COMMITTEE
- ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE
- ACADEMICS SUB-COMMITTEE
- POLICY SUB-COMMITTEE
- SAFETY COMMITTEE
- STUDENT LIFE COMMITTEE
Immediately after receiving her BA in Legal & Policy Studies from Fordham University, Michelle worked in Williamsburg/Brooklyn, NY for an arts education & social justice nonprofit funded by the New York’s Department of Youth & Community Development. She designed, implemented, coordinated and launched a project-based learning program for school-age children, teens, and adults housed in a NYCHA community center. There, she also facilitated life-skill, social justice and financial literacy after-school classes, and Saturday flutophone classes in a politically charged Hasidic Jewish, Latino and African American community.
Her significant outcomes at El Puente included community-based linkages and partnerships that added programming breadth, depth, and inspiration to program participants.
- Bosywck Farms
- Brooklyn Public Library
- Garden Labs
- Junior Achievement of New York, Inc.
- Miranda Restaurant
In Connecticut, her collaborative community leadership and built-in network linkages provided program constituents with a reach and range of access, entry points for opportunity and growth.
- Bruce Museum
- Chelsea Piers
- Fordham University
- JAM Jr. Art & Music
- Mystic Aquarium
- Sacred Heart University
- Silvermine Arts Center
- UCONN Career Center
- UCONN SSS Center
With her nonprofit work in Brooklyn, NY as a 2009-2010 Program Coordinator to her grassroots 2014-2015 Board Officer role, Michelle has come up through the nonprofit ranks. Michelle has served as a Board Secretary, chaired a Governance Committee and a Junior Board Liaison Sub-Committee. She has partnered with professional board officers, members and advisors who strategically identified resources and pioneered impactful service outcomes.
SOCIAL FINANCE: Nonprofit Executive Generalist
She served as a 2015-2016 Acting Managing Director/CEO & Business Consultant for a lower Fairfield County professional Broadway, Film, TV and Radio performing arts organization. Her interim executive generalist role bridged talent and skill gaps from Board Committee to Executive Director functions, which yielded a 20%+ growth by the 3rd quarter.
Michelle was a provisional Executive Director for EAGLE Student Mentoring, Inc. for the 2014-2015 term. Her provisional management role enhanced financial controls, developed higher-education partnerships, and established board-level mentorship programs for greater impact. She remains an EAGLE Board Affiliate and continues to support the ELL/ESL community in Connecticut.
At the trustee level, Michelle created a mentorship program for aspiring community leaders and future social entrepreneurs accessing board level professionals through internship and/or a capstone experiences. She successfully worked with a local youth ministry group in Stamford, Princeton University Social Entrepreneurship undergraduates, and developed future internship and capstone projects with a UCONN MBA student and a group of Sacred Heart University’s the Welch Master of Business Administration MBA students during her board term.