Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international business keynote speaker, consultant, author and educator who demonstrates a deep understanding of importance of self-leadership in business and in life. Born in Australia, and now residing in Vancouver, Canada, Michelle began her career in the media industry during the recession of the early 80′s. She was once told by management that she “didn’t have what it takes” to succeed in the business world. Despite a lack of mentors, Michelle was inspired to move up the management ladder to self-employment; creating her own successful international business. She helps individuals at any stage of their career to master personal leadership…the ability to take charge of oneself first in any situation. Michelle speaks passionately about self – actualization, the importance of outstanding leadership in the workplace and the responsibility of positive communication and influence.
Michelle uses an interactive approach to inspire and captivate the imagination of her audiences. Michelle’s first training, speaking and consulting company was established in 1995. She subsequently established her training and development division, the Lead Yourself First Institute, to help individuals and organizations take the initiative in the face of change and economic uncertainty. Her company’s array of customized educational training programs specializes in areas she describes as high demand essentials for professional growth. Michelle also offers in-house workshops and consulting for leadership development, improving workplace relationships, client service excellence, changing demographics and communication excellence. Other services include webinars, teleseminars and personalized self-study courses on-line.
Michelle is a “Certified Speaking Professional” (CSP), the highest-earned designation in the speaking industry. Less than 600 people worldwide have earned this distinction after meeting rigorous criteria established by the National Speakers’ Association. She was awarded the “Presentation Mastery Award” from the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Michelle has been listed in the Who’s Who of Professional Speakers and has worked with a myriad of clientele providing in house seminars and conference presentations. In 2012 she reach the Top Ten of North America’s Next Greatest Speaker Contest. Earlier in her career, she was recognized as the #1 speaker in Canada for the world’s largest international public seminar company. Delivering her powerful message on self-leadership with insight, humour and passion, Michelle’s engaging, interactive presentations resonate with a diverse clientele who are seeking to inspire their teams and take personal responsibility for creating their own reality at work, in business and in life.
Michelle’s refreshing, uplifting and common-sense message has inspired thousands of audiences with her simple yet powerful premise: Leadership is a first and foremost a state of mind. Michelle has taught people one-on-one, as well as businesses, associations, government groups, and organizations of every description to take the lead, get out of their comfort zones, and develop the willingness to risk. Her book, Lead Yourself First! was first released as a self – published work in 2013, it will be re-released worldwide in the summer of 2014 by Changemakers Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing. Michelle has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs including CBC Radio, CTV, Global TV, and featured in renowned publications such as Inc.com, Investor’s Business Daily, Montreal Gazette, and The Vancouver Sun. She is a regular contributing writer for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab column.
By hiring Michelle Ray, your organization will bring profound benefits to an individual’s ability to realize his or her full potential; professionally and personally. Her energy, dynamic presentation style and masterful use of humor will motivate your team to reach higher heights and positively impact the “bottom line.” A greater sense of purpose, job satisfaction, and customer retention are “must haves” to survive in today’s work climate. Michelle’s depth of knowledge and powerful message is guaranteed to energize, inform and inspire workplaces across the globe.