Associate Professor in Leadership, University of Melbourne
Michelle specialises in Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship. She is co-Founder and Program Director of the award winning MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass Program, based at Melbourne Business School where she completed her PhD. An active supporter of regional Indigenous entrepreneurship, Michelle led development and delivery of the the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub Program. Delivered by Charles Sturt University, the program included business masterclasses, practical workshops and networking opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and businesses across New South Wales in 2017/18, including Central and Far West (Dubbo), South East (Albury), Mid North Coast (Port Macquarie) and The Northern Rivers (Lismore). Named by Uncle Stan Grant Snr, Walan Mayinygu means “strong for people” in the Wiradjuri language. Uncle Stan Grant Snr emphasised how important it is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be not only strong for their people, but strong within their communities. This key message was incorporated into each pop up hub. Importantly, theprogram featured a series of events and activities that worked as place-based generators of ideas, opportunities and momentum for the Indigenous Australian entrepreneurial sector.