The Emerging Leader Award
About the Lecture
A paradox is defined as a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement that when investigated or explained may prove to be true. Holding a contradiction in balance has led to some of the deepest insights and some of the biggest successes. Michelle will cover three paradoxes that appear in leadership, in gender relations and in our beautiful home – Miami. Using personal experiences from her past as a teacher and current community leader paired with various research studies including Babson College’s Diana Study on gender; she will present the three topics that will leave you viewing the world in a new light.
About Michelle Abbs
Michelle Abbs is a passionate Miami leader who has over 10 years of strategic planning and program management experience prior to being appointed Director of Babson College’s WIN Lab. Michelle has worked in education, non-profit and for-profit sector ventures across Miami. Within each of her roles she has been responsible for innovating and creating new program models. Throughout her work as an educational leader she set strategies at a regional level, led execution of learning experiences, and coached over 400 teachers in Miami Dade County Public Schools and over 40 female entrepreneurs through WIN Lab. As a Class IX Miami Foundation Miami Fellow, she engrained herself in the local leadership ecosystem, even ushering in the first alumni program for the Miami Fellows. Her deep commitment to community includes supporting the Superintendent’s Foundation board, the Health Information Project and cultural programs at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Michelle received her Master’s in International Education from Florida International University, and her BA from University of North Carolina.
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