Michelle is an Award Winning Television Executive, Celebrated Author, Grief and Resilience Warrior, Non-Profit Founder and Crisis Doula that has survived unspeakable personal trauma and found her way to the other side. Her talks have inspired local, faith-based, and corporate audiences around the country to lean into change, build confidence, and find a way forward.

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Meet Michelle Hord

Michelle Hord is the former Vice President of Creative Content and Talent Management for NBCUniversal. In this role, she partnered on the launch of the corporate Women’s Initiative and worked to develop strategies to increase engagement, recruitment, and development of women at the company. In a prior role with NBCUniversal as Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Campus Programs, Michelle designed and was responsible for recruiting across all of NBCUniversal, also creating the first corporate paid internship program.

Before her time with NBCUniversal, Michelle worked for more than fifteen years as a producer for a variety of shows such as “America’s Most Wanted,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and the CBS News Investigative Unit at “48 Hours.” As a senior executive for “Good Morning America,” Michelle served as a senior producer for Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts and show contributors such as Barbara Corcoran, Tory Johnson, and Mellody Hobson.

Michelle is an accomplished public speaker that seamlessly weaves stories from her professional and personal experiences. She speaks on topics such as moving on after grief and loss, resilience, and corporate issues like building a culture of inclusion, developing change confidence, and creating an engaged employee culture.

I could not be more inspired by Michelles’ resilience in the face of such imaginable loss. By bravely sharing what she learned through tragedy, Michelle will help so many other find strength and rediscover joy.

Sheryl Sandberg | Former COO of Meta and Founder of Lean In and Option B

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Michelle's heart-wrenching story and soulful writing offers inspiration and a road map to help us get to the other side. Tragedy is the worst part of living that few people survive. [She] offers us hope, resilience and joy.

Barbara Corcoran, Founder of The Corcoran Group & Shark on ABC's Shark Tank

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As a sought-after speaker with a resounding personal testimony, Michelle focuses on topics of resilience, healing, overcoming trauma, grief, and personal growth. She also pulls from her extensive professional background to speak to corporate audiences about diversity, inclusion, building change confidence, and growing an authentic culture. 

Michelle’s speaking style and unique keynote messages serve diverse audiences, including numerous local, large faith-based, and corporate organizations.

Past topics:

Breath, Pray, Cry: Moving Through Trauma
Resistance Builds Resilience
How to Get to the Other Side of Yet
Reclaim Your Life
Find Grace in the Grieving
Be a Hope Warrior
Reimagine Your Road
Lose The Playbook (Everything is Different)
Design Thinking & Change Management
The Difference Between Diversity & Belonging

I invited Michelle to facilitate a workshop on healing for our Circle of Mothers. She offers honesty and vulnerability that really resonated with the moms and the exercises helped everyone connect and bond as fellow mothers of murdered children.

Sybrina Fulton | Founder, The Trayvon Martin Foundation

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