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Michele is a wife, mother, and high-ranking media executive who resides in New Jersey. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Michele received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University. Michele recently authored her first book Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women. She wanted to write a book that encouraged women to tap into the strategies they were born with. There was a 10-year gap between high school and college where she worked menial jobs, gained 30 pounds, and tragically lost her father to cancer. She views her dad’s death as the catalyst for change in her life. While on his deathbed, Michele vowed to make her father proud. Walt Thornton and many others are very proud of not only what Michele has accomplished in her career, but what she has given back to the world. Stratechic is another example of Thornton’s commitment to the world, her community, and to women.
Michele has inspired and motivated many through a host of speaking engagements including headlining the 2016 W.E.A.L.T.H Experience. The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience is a three-day women's retreat led by celebrity financial coach and entertainment industry executive, Lynn Richardson, alongside entertainer, entrepreneur and philanthropist MC Lyte. Recently, Michele was invited to give a featured address at True Vine Ministries in her hometown in Oakland, California. She has been featured on and moderated various panels including Omnicom Media Group’s International Women's Day 2015, 2015 SpeakEnglish Synergy Conference, NAMIC’s 2015 Executive Breakfast Series and Walker’s Legacy Executive Google Hangout. Additionally, she was a guest speaker at Omnicom Media Group’s International Women's Day 2016, Verizon’s Black History Month Celebration: Creating a Better Future for the Digital World, AWNY’s 2016 Reboot, Recharge, Renew and Raise the Bar’s Win, Rock & Rule to name a few. She was also featured on the cover of 40z Rock Magazine and in various articles including the Huffington Post and Upscale Magazine.
In her professional career, Michele serves as the Head of Media Sales for Centric TV, Centrictv.com and BET Soul. Michele was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Michele has worked for CNN, HLN, CNN Airport networks, CNN.com, A&E, The History Channel and The Weather Channel. She started her career at SBC Communications where she honed her sales and negotiation skills, and learned the importance and benefits of superior customer service and positive energy.