Dr Michelle Penelope King is a globally recognized expert on inequality and organizational culture. Based on over a decade’s worth of research, Michelle believes that we need to learn how workplaces work, so we can make them work for everyone. She is the host of a popular podcast called The Fix. Michelle is the author of the bestselling, award-winning book: The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work. Her second book How Work Works, will be published internationally on the 19th of September 2023 with Harper Collins.
Michelle is a published, award-winning academic with five degrees including a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology, a Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, a Master of Business Administration, a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism and a PhD in Management. Michelle is pursuing a post-doctoral research fellowship with Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
Michelle has been featured in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, CNN Business, Fortune, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Time, Business Insider, The Times, Daily Mail and LinkedIn Editors.
In addition, Michelle King is an award winning speaker, having spoken at over 500 events worldwide including conferences like the Nobel Peace Prize Conference, Ellevate Network Conference, The Massachusetts Conference for Women, Texas Conference for Women, SXSW, She Summit and the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
Michelle is represented by London Speakers Bureau and regularly hosts keynotes, fireside chats or masterclasses with companies like, Amazon, FIFA, Guardian, Dior, FedEx, Netflix, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Met Life to name a few.
Michelle is the founder of The Culture Practice, a global consultancy that provides leaders with the assessment, development, and inclusion coaching needed to build cultures that value difference. In addition, Michelle is a Senior Advisor to the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, where she leads the NextGen Leadership Development Program, which enables young women to navigate and overcome the barriers to their success. Before this, Michelle was the Director of Inclusion at Netflix. Before that, she was the head of UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change, which includes managing over 30 private sector partnerships to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Michelle has two decades of international experience working in the private sector.
In each of her roles, Michelle lends her expertise to advance gender equality and enhance global opportunity and achievement for women. In 2022 Michelle was named LinkedIn’s Top Voice for workplace equity and was recognized as the Top 100 Women at Davos by Global Women’s Leadership Experts. In addition, in 2019, Women Tech Founders, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to advancing women in the tech industry, awarded Michelle the 2019 Inspiring Innovator Award for her outstanding achievements in the sector.
"So much about the world of work - from workplace culture to our definition of success - was created by men, and it’s not working for women or indeed for men. And it’s no surprise that women pay a disproportionately high price for their participation. That’s why it (this book) is so important. It’s a passionate, practical roadmap for addressing inequality and finally making our workplaces work for women.”
Arianna Huffington, author and founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global
"Michelle is a speaker who sparks fires in her audiences around the issues she cares about. Her in-depth knowledge and insights, paired with her ability to clearly and vividly create the case for its importance, is a unique gift to the groups she speaks to. Our community still asks us about Michelle and where to access her talks and upcoming events.”
Jenn Lishansky, Founder of Be Social Change
"Michelle King’s podcast is like no other, highlighting the stories of women who are driving innovation across every sphere of life. Her interviews crackle with intelligence, wit and passion that enlightens as well as engages both women and men.”
Joanne Lipman, Former editor of USA Today and Author, That's what she said; what men need to know (and women need to tell them) about working together
"A visionary and leader changing the Inclusion landscape.”
Billy Jean King Leadership Institute
"Michelle is not only extremely knowledgeable with her background and research on gender inequality, but she applies those insights specifically to the workplace and brings it to life. Michelle has a truly unique way of connecting with her audience. She makes the research come to life and provides real “a-ha” moments and practical takeaways that can be applied in any organization.”
Claudia Chan, CEO She GLOBL
"Michelle is an absolute inspiration and a breath of fresh air. She has an exquisite ability to captivate the room, whatever the audience. Her supreme credibility and refreshing ‘cut through the crap’ approach really resonates with hearts and minds in an engaging non-preachy way. We had the pleasure of hosting her workshop - Invisible Barriers to Women in the Workplace - and wow! Michelle delivered her research findings with such passion, honestly and clarity, connecting to everyone in the overpacked room. She makes you think, and makes you realise that real change is possible and within your gift to enable. So, if you are committed to driving a culture of equality across your organisation, that is actually going to make a sustainable difference, then look no further than Michelle King. She is a game-changer. We very much look forward to having her back!”
Belinda Riley, Associate Director Diversity and inclusion Lead - EMEIA TAS TALENT EY
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