Speaker: Michelle King

Michelle King

Director of Inclusion

Putting equality into practice

EXPERT. TRUTH-TELLER. SOCIAL INNOVATOR. A leading global expert in gender and organizations, Michelle King has spent nearly two decades committing her life to helping women advance in their careers.

Michelle currently leads UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change, which includes managing over 30 private sector partnerships as well as three key initiatives focused on leveraging innovation and technology to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. These include the Gender Innovation Principles, the She Innovates Global Program and the 4Good Program in South Africa. In addition, Michelle is an advisory board member for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign where she lends her expertise to the growth and sustainability of the movement.

As a thought leader, Michelle is the host of the weekly podcast, The Fix, which shares practical ways men and women can advance equality at work. On the show Michelle interviews a range of business leaders, advocates and thought leaders like Abby Wambach, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zoe Saldana, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Justin Baldoni, Kate Hudson, Wade Davis and Katty Kay to name a few. Linked to the podcast, Michelle produces a weekly newsletter with over 8000 subscribers, which provides practical ways men and women can take action to advance equality at work.

Michelle regularly speaks at numerous conferences and private sector events including Ellevate Network Conference, Ted X Bushwick, She Summit, Texas Conference for Women, SXSW, The Female Quotient and the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Michelle also recently spoke at TedX Chelsea Park, in New York, where her talk It’s Not You, It’s Your Workplace received a standing ovation.

As a writer, Michelle currently contributes to Forbes and Thrive Global on the topic of women’s advancement at work and she been published in Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Scoop, and TIME magazine. In addition, Michelle is the author of the upcoming book, THE FIX: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that Hold Women Back at Work, which provides insights into the challenge’s women face at work and how to build workplaces that work for women. The book will be published by Simon and Schuster, scheduled for release in March 2020. As a researcher Michelle is a published, award winning academic with a post graduate qualification in Journalism, a Masters in Psychology and an MBA. In addition, she is pursuing a PhD through Cranfield University in the United Kingdom investigating the invisible barriers to women’s success at work. Michelle is due to graduate in March 2020. Michelle has lived and worked all over the world, including South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, London and New York. Currently Michelle resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children, Milly and Rex.