“Never have I seen such an engaged group of delegates, nor have I ever seen so many smiles walking out the door.”
Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international business keynote speaker, consultant, author and educator who demonstrates a deep understanding of the 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, as well as consulting and coaching for leadership development, workplace relationships, and personal growth.
Michelle is a “Certified Speaking Professional” (CSP), the highest-earned designation in the speaking industry. Less than 700 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 reached 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.
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. Her 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 book, Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life, first released as a self–published work in 2013, was re-released worldwide in the fall 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.