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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Productivity and Decision Making

Date: 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT March 14 Location: J.R. Howard, Room 302

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J.R. Howard, Room 302

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Michelle has more than 30 years of broad based experience in corporate financial management and leadership. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Columbia Banking System, Sizzle Pie Pizza and New Seasons Market.  She began her career as a CPA at Arthur Anderson and then moved into the retail apparel industry at GAP, Inc. During her 13-year tenure at GAP, Michelle worked as Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller, and Vice President of Investor Relations where she managed corporate financial reporting, corporate financial planning and analysis, investor relations, merchandise planning and consolidated financial operations for the $12 billion retail portfolio including the concepts Gap, GapKids, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

After her tenure at GAP, Michelle joined Lucy activewear, Inc., an apparel company that designs and sells fashion forward performance apparel for athletic women. During her ten years at Lucy, she served as President and Chief Financial Officer and built the finance organization to support its rapid growth from a dot-com business to a retailer with 65 stores in 19 states. In early 2010, she joined McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer overseeing finance, human resources, strategic planning, legal and information systems for the 93-restaurant public company which was acquired two years later.  Michelle joined the executive team at New Seasons Market as Chief Administrative Officer in 2012 where she was responsible for all financial reporting, accounting, cash management, information technology and strategic planning for the fast-growing B-corp grocery store company with 25 stores in 3 states. Michelle retired in 2016 and New Seasons Market’s Board of Directors.

Michelle is on the advisory board for Women’s Venture Fund and Portland State University’s MBA program.  She is also on the Finance Committee for Schoolhouse Supplies.  Michelle is married and has four sons.

In Michelle’s 3 decades of experience, she has refined the art and science of personal organization and time management.  One of her greatest joys is sharing this knowledge with others.  Michelle has taught productivity classes to Lewis and Clark College, New Seasons Market and multiple women leadership seminars.

 

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