Michelle Ray


Specialty Areas

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.

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.

Speaking topics

Leadership: It Starts with Me.

Leadership is not about title. It’s about character. Neither is it about position power. Practicing personal leadership is everyone’sresponsibility. It has nothing to do with a job title. Learn about the importance of harnessing the power of personal leadership and why it matters to your people and your organization.

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Build a leadership blueprint to use in business and in life
  • Realize the incredible leverage of modeling a “do what it takes” attitude
  • Decrease stress and negativity for greater productivity and positive results
  • Realign your core personal values to those of your workplace
  • Re-energize attitudes toward your peers and management
  • Tap into your innovative potential to bring out the best in yourself

Who Moved My Future?

Adopting a new system or process can be intimidating, perpetuating the “status quo”. Without awareness and information, you will invariably continue reacting, rather than anticipating changing market conditions. Learn how to overcome the fear of change and alter your entire perspective regarding situations that are outside of your control.

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Experience Michelle’s 3-step process to managing change
  • Develop a repertoire of communication skills to achieve buy-in and build rapport
  • Transform your perspective from negative to positive in the face of change
  • Address the human side first in the change process i.e. the fear of change and the the fear of failure
  • Learn to anticipate disruption and shifting business trends
  • Recognize the difference between reacting vs. responding to change

The Transformational Leader: Be Bold. Be Real. Be Ready.

Today’s emerging workforce are craving authentic experiences from their employers and preferred brands. In a world driven by rapid technological change, the human factor remains at the core of successful business and consumer relationships. Leaders who are relatable, transparent and real provide a unique, competitive advantage.

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Discover the four key characteristics of transformation leadership and why these matter to your workforce
  • Realize the incredible leverage of modeling authenticity and integrity in all interactions
  • Develop greater trust between leaders and teams for higher engagement and retention
  • Enhance the perception of your organization’s reputation from the lens of future talent
  • Tap into your innovative potential to bring out the best in yourself and others

Leading in Real Time

As the world of business changes at an unprecedented rate, leaders are finding themselves in unchartered waters as they look for new strategies to evolve, adapt and succeed on the fly. When challenges of change and uncertainty strike, leaders must be ready to lead, even when the answers aren’t immediately at their fingertips.

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • How to respond proactively with renewed confidence and conviction as a real-time leader
  • Discover and apply Michelle’s “Ready. Responsive. Relevant” leadership approach to remain in-sync with your workforce and your customers
  • Shift your mindset from fixed to flexible to embrace new realities
  • Ignite the power of positive change at all levels of your organization

You're Not the Boss of Me

Today’s highly sought-after new wave of talent are not only more informed than any other time in history, but they also have their collective fingers on the pulse when it comes to choosing their employer. This savvy group expect to work with forward-thinking organizations that value diversity and inclusion and are renowned

for their outstanding employer reputation. To attract and retain them, leaders need to focus on creating an outstanding workplace atmosphere that fosters fairness, tolerance and acceptance.

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Embrace acceptance of new realities and rising voices for stronger business relationships
  • Create a workplace environment that fosters greater diversity and inclusion
  • Discover new pathways to harness open-mindedness and flexibility
  • Showcase your employee brand and culture as a sought-after place to work

Elevate Your Influence!

No matter what your title or position may be, your ability to achieve buy-in for your ideas necessitates outstanding communication skills. Effective influencers understand the importance of putting others’ interests ahead of their own. Michelle can help you increase your credibility and leverage your message to ensure greater success.

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Showcase your ideas for maximum impact during one-on-one or group meetings
  • Create a profound impact on organizational performance by harnessing new approaches
  • Enlighten leaders, co-workers and stakeholders with compelling reasons to ensure your projects are successful and supported
  • Apply the power of positive influence with managers and colleagues alike
  • Discover the seven key result areas that are top of mind for every senior executive
  • Raise your profile internally and strengthen your customer relationships

Staying Power! Success Strategies for Resilient Leadership

Learning to rise above change, uncertainty and adversity is a sought-after skill. Many organizations now recognize the importance of developing resilient leadership. When teams face unexpected organizational or market shifts, they look to their leaders for confidence and direction. Discover three powerful strategies to hone a resilient mindset.

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Reframe your perspective regarding life’s ups and downs
  • Develop a resiliency mindset and tap into your inner strengths
  • Learn from setbacks and hone your “bouncebackability” skills
  • Approach adversity with clarity, confidence, and composure
  • Look forward to the future with positive anticipation
  • Become a resiliency role model to others at work and in life


Michelle's presentation left us all with many things to think about to take back to our work and our personal relationships. Her entertaining delivery also made it a fun way to end the first day of our business planning workshop.
- New South Wales Public Works-Project Management

Michelle prepared meticulously for the event. The delegates responded with exceptional feedback - Michelle was our top-rating speaker at both events.
- Business Analyst World Australia

Michelle more than exceeded our expectations. The positive empowerment that was noticeable in staff at the end of the day has carried over into our workplace. Many are actively using her "hot ideas".
- University of Western Sydney

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Michelle Ray - The Transformational Leader Be Bold. Be Real. Be Ready
Michelle Ray - Talent. Culture. Brand. Dont Wait To Be Great

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