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B.S.ing with Michelle Silverthorn

Moving to the States from the Caribbean to go to college was an eye-opening experience for Michelle Silverthorn—she went from being a member of the majority to being “the only.” In this episode of BS: Beyond Stereotypes, Michelle talks with Merle Vaughn about stereotypes, belonging, and inclusion and why she is committed to the work of change. They also explore how Michelle transitioned from practicing law to delivering a TEDx, making over 100 speeches per year, and founding her own diversity consulting firm.

Michelle Silverthorn
is a trailblazer in the field of diversity and inclusion, advocating for new voices to be heard in a dynamic, ever-changing workplace. With a wealth of experience as an organizational inclusion expert and a highly sought-after global keynote speaker, Michelle has lent her expertise to a range of Fortune 500companies, banks, law firms, startups, Hollywood studios, universities, and non-profits. From intimate workshops to industry conferences, Michelle equips everyone with the necessary tools and skills to finally make real progress on diversity and inclusion.

After graduating from Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School, Michelle worked as an attorney in New York and Chicago before founding the diversity consulting firm, Inclusion Nation. She now travels the world and delivers over 100 speeches and workshops each year, both in person and online, spreading the message of inclusion and belonging.

As a TEDx speaker and author of the book "Authentic Diversity: How to Change the Workplace for Good," Michelle has shared her expertise with countless individuals and organizations. Her newly released Inclusion LAUNCH diversity e-learning suite provides a valuable resource for companies and individuals seeking to improve their understanding of these important principles.

Her expertise has garnered her recognition from a variety of media outlets, including NPR, PBS, Bloomberg, the Chicago Tribune, and Fortune Magazine. Michelle's professional journey has taken her to many corners of the globe, including jobs in Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Botswana, Kazakhstan, and Switzerland. She has experienced a wide range of cultures and lifestyles, from her childhood in the beautiful Caribbean to her current home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and through it all, has committed to the singular goal – making diversity matter for good.

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