Meet Michelle Ray,
Leadership Keynote Speaker,
Author and Consultant.

Create Engaged Workplaces, Develop Exceptional Leaders and Implement Practical Strategies to Revitalize Your Workplace Culture

Michelle Ray is a highly sought-after international leadership keynote speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who advocates the importance of developing leadership and accountability skills, regardless of one’s title. She is committed to helping her clients create engaged workplaces, develop exceptional leaders and implement practical strategies to revitalize their cultures.

Michelle began her career in Australia in media and advertising. From increasing sales revenues of 25 leading Australian radio and television affiliate stations, Michelle helped generate record-breaking revenues for the sales team of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractor in the midst of a severe recessionary climate. With a proven background in achieving outstanding results as a business leader, Michelle has since worked with leaders and teams in diverse industries including finance, insurance, retail, food services, construction, mining, oil and gas, as well as many government, healthcare, education and public sector groups.

In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement. Michelle secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators that helped educate future generations about business.

Now residing in Vancouver, Canada, Michelle helps individuals at every level and any stage of their career to master personal leadership: The ability to take charge of oneself first in any situation. She speaks passionately about self–actualization, change, the importance of authentic leadership in the workplace and the responsibility of positive communication and influence. Michelle is one of less than 700 people worldwide to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation.

Keynote Business SpeakerEducator and CoachAuthor and Expert

Keynote Business Speaker

For more than twenty years, Michelle Ray has delivered thousands of presentations to diverse clientele across five continents. She challenges individuals, as well as clients and audiences, to take charge of themselves, shift perspectives and discover their greatest potential. Her witty, refreshing, uplifting and common sense message has inspired thousands of audiences. The premise is powerfully simple: Leadership is first and foremost a state of mind.

Michelle has delivered her powerful messages on leadership, accountability and engaged workplaces to the “C-Suites” of global corporations, academia, diverse associations, government groups as well as front-line staff. Her clients include notable brands such as Proctor & Gamble, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shell, Xerox, Paypal, Qantas Airways, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Playboy Enterprises and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Educator and Coach

Since founding her first training, speaking and consulting company in 1995, Michelle has established a 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 customized in-house solutions including workshops, coaching and consulting for leadership development, workplace relationships, and personal growth. Other services include webinars, teleseminars and personalized self-study courses online.

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Author and Expert

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. She is a regular contributing writer for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab column.

Michelle has also appeared as a guest on numerous news and national current affairs programs including CBC Radio, CTV News and Global Television Network. Renowned publications such as, Investor’s Business Daily, Globe and Mail, National Post, Huffington Post, Montreal Gazette, and The Vancouver Sun have all featured Michelle Ray as an expert on business.

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Awards and Credentials


Certified Speaking Professional Designation (CSP)

Selected speakers must meet rigorous requirements for a number of fee-paid presentations, number of clients, continuing education credits and consecutive years of business experience. "CSP" is the only earned designation for professional speakers. Less than 700 people worldwide have earned this honorable distinction in the speaking industry.

Top Ten Motivational Speaker 2015 by eSpeakers

Top Ten Motivational Speaker 2015 by eSpeakers

E-Speakers serves speakers, meeting planners and event organizers who hire speakers. Over 17,000 events were booked through their software in 2014. Criteria for inclusion in the "top ten" were the number of positive reviews on the speaker’s profile, the number of events booked in the last year, buzz around the speaker, their international footprint, and industry designations.

Top Ten North America’s Next Greatest Speaker 2012

Top Ten North America’s Next Greatest Speaker 2012

From thousands of entries received, Michelle reached the Top Ten Finals of "North America's Next Greatest Speaker" Contest. Michelle spoke at the 12th Annual eWomen Network International Business Expo in Dallas, TX in front of a renowned panel of judges whose criteria included humour, audience engagement, key messages and storytelling abilities.


Presentation Mastery Award

Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers


Voted #1 Speaker in Canada

World’s largest international public seminar company


“Who’s Who” of Professional Speakers

Lists of notable professionals in particular fields

Giving Back

Michelle Ray and the Lead Yourself First Institute was a proud Silver Sponsor of “Around the World in 80 Anthems”. Inspired by 10-year old Capri Everitt of Vancouver, Canada, she supported Capri and her family as they visited SOS Children’s Villages International. This charity works in 134 countries and has over 2500 children’s villages throughout the world.