Michelle King is a globally recognized gender equality and organizational culture expert. Based on over a decade worth of research Michelle believes that to tackle inequality we need to fix workplace cultures so that they work for everyone.
She is the host of a popular podcast called The Fix and recently released her book: The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work.
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.
Michelle is the founder of Equality Forward, a global consultancy that provides leaders with the assessment, development and inclusion coaching needed build cultures of equality at work. In addition, Michelle is a Senior Advisor to the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, where she leads the Next Gen Leadership Development Program, which enables young women to navigate and overcome the barriers to their success. She also heads up a global Leadership Inclusion Academy with Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute.
Prior to this Michelle King was the Director of Inclusion at Netflix, and before that she was the head of UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change, which includes managing over 30 private sector partnerships as well to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Michelle has two decades of international experience working in the private sector and in each of her roles, Michelle lends her expertise to advance gender equality and to enhance opportunity and achievement for women globally.
In 2019 Women Tech Founders, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to advancing women in the tech industry, awarded Michelle with the 2019 Inspiring Innovator Award, for her outstanding achievements in the sector. In addition, Michelle is an advisory board member for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign and she is also an advocate for Dress for Success an organization that works to economically empower women worldwide. Michelle is a published award winning academic with a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology, an MBA, a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism and she is due to complete her PhD in 2021.
Michelle King regularly speaks at numerous conferences and private sector events including Ellevate Network Conference, Amazon, EY, Nasdaq, She Summit, Ted X Bushwick, Texas Conference for Women, SXSW, The Female Quotient and the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. In 2019, Michelle’s TedX Chelsea Park talk, It’s Not You, It’s Your Workplace, was widely praised for shedding light on the greatest’s barrier to women’s advancement at work — gender denial.
In 2020, Michelle was nominated for the WomenTech Speaker of the Year Award 2020, as well as 2020 LinkedIn Top Voice for Equity in the workplace.
As a thought leader, Michelle King contributes to Forbes and Thrive Global on the topic of women’s advancement at work and she been published in Harvard Business Review. Michelle’s book THE FIX: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that Hold Women Back at Work, provides insights into the challenges women face at work and how to build workplaces that work for women and it spent two months on the best sellers list and received a Silver medal in the 2020 Axiom Business Book Awards within the Women/Minorities in Business category. She spoke at the Nobel Peace Prize Conference in 2020 and hosted a HBR Webinar Series.
"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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