Led Theory of Change and organizational development workshop for international climate justice and commerce program integrating MEL practice into the strategic plan and vision.
We needed a facilitator who wouldn’t over-facilitate. Michelle simultaneously held space and allowed for processing then gently brought us back on track when needed. - Participant
Communications Advisor & Research Assistant Kroc Institute and University of Notre Dame (Nov. 2018 - Jan. 2019)
Designed staff resiliency training and provided organizational development planning support in addition to assessing the 2016 Colombian Peace Accord implementation.
Michelle worked with the Kroc Institute in Colombia for 3 months, monitoring the implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement. She also supported the team with professionalism and relate-ability in designing and developing our strategic development plans. Michelle's support was integral in navigating the complexities of a team that has grown exponentially in a short amount of time. - Borja Paladini Adell, Kroc Institute Barometer Project Director, Colombia
Dialogue Facilitator & Communications Specialist Responsibility to Protect - Brisbane, AUS (Feb. - March, 2019)
Designed and implemented a reconciliation program for ex-FARC combatants, Colombian nationals with UN Verification Mission in Colombia; Wrote and edited media communications and procured implementation funds.
Health Equity Training Advisor True Relationships and Reproductive Health - Lutchwyte, AUS (June 2018)
Provided culturally-specific medical anthropology training and made recommendations.
Designed and facilitated trauma- and gender-informed communications training for staff.
Michelle helped staff identify personal passions that they can bring to our work. The activities were fun, engaging, and inspiring. Michelle was well prepared and clearly passionate about her work. I would highly recommend her. - Cassie, Bradley Angle staff
Provided technical support and facilitation for LGBTQ/gender-informed conflict resolution workshop, included dialogue facilitation and alignment with mission and strategic plan.
Michelle struck an ideal balance between assertion and reception, making sure everyone was heard and engaged, but facilitating a consistently relevant conversation with a meaningful arc that gave us our own take aways, based on our own feelings and needs. - Andrew Shaw- Kitch, Bikes for Humanity PDX
Michelle's workshop was incredibly helpful. She was able to create a safe space for us to come together and talk about our shop dynamics. She heard what we needed from the workshop and tailored it to meet those needs. I came away with concrete plans for how I can better uphold the Safer Space Agreement at Bike Farm. Momoko - Bike Farm
Leadership Trainer Carpe Diem Education - Portland, Or. (Sept. 2015)
Facilitated international, cross-cultural leadership and communication training for trainers.
Michelle does a wonderful job creating a space, asking the questions, and providing prompts to let the creative juices flow. and then connecting the dots aligning passion with purpose. - Drew Edwards, Executive Director
Facilitation, Training & Technical Assistance Workshops in Portland (2010-present)
Facilitate strategic planning, reflection and evaluation workshops for community building professionals; Provide conflict resolution and transformation technical assistance.
Michelle creates an environment that we don't often get to inhabit, one with possibility that before had felt like the beaten-path, although not an open path. Putting movement and love into her work, I couldn't honestly think of anyone who wouldn't benefit. - Ethan Knight, Executive Director, American Gap Association
The thing I took away from [the workshop] was the clarity that I could absolutely make my goal happen. I had the steps right in front of me. Thank you again. - Andrea B., Marketing Coach, Lightbox Communications
Michelle does an excellent job of breaking down each activity into a step by step process, enabling participants to gain a clear understanding of what they are lacking or needing in order to gain control of their goals. In just 2 hours I discovered the missing piece that will possibly help me realize my current goal. Ann S. - NGO Executive Director
With gentleness, humor, and intuition, Michelle led our group in productive brainstorming that opened us up to new possibilities in both profession and personal ventures. Jana Griffin - Music Teacher