Prior to founding Moxie + Mettle, Michelle founded Chase Communications, an independent technology PR firm that she led for 11 years. She also served as the director of corporate communications for Carrier Access, a provider of communications access technologies, where she was responsible for marketing communications, public relations and investor relations. Before that, Michelle was the managing director of a Boston-based PR firm where she provided strategic counsel related to corporate, product and competitive positioning, and devised corporate development strategies. She was also the PR manager of Unisphere Networks, a Siemens-owned provider of IP infrastructure products. In this role, she directed worldwide communication initiatives and managed PR agencies in Asia Pacific and the U.S.
Michelle graduated from the University of Iowa with dual bachelor degrees in journalism and political science, and she earned a master’s degree in education from Regis University. She also earned accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America. Michelle has served as a board member for the Colorado chapters of the American Marketing Association and PRSA. She currently serves as president of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also an associate professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she leads the public relations degree program.