Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Canada, Michelle Ray is an award-winning international leadership keynote speaker, author, educator and entrepreneur who advocates the importance of developing outstanding, future-ready leaders, change agents and engaged teams. She is the founder of Lead Yourself First Enterprises and has worked with renowned corporations, all levels of government and numerous business associations as a respected expert and thought leader since 1995.
Michelle began her career in media and advertising, generating 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 many global brands as well as numerous business associations and corporations in diverse industry sectors including accounting, finance, technology, retail and insurance (to name a few.) She is a sought-after expert on leadership, talent trends, change, resilience and building dynamic workplace relationships.
In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement, an internationally renowned non-profit organization committed to educating future generations about business. She secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators.
Michelle has appeared as a guest on many news and current affairs programs. She is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business & in Life. Michelle is a Certified Virtual Presenter and is one of 1200 people worldwide to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation. Her new leadership book helping leaders navigate the future of work is due for release in the Fall of 2021. (Publisher: Page Two Books)