Michelle is doing her life's work right now, which is exhilarating and terrifying. Her purpose in life is to help others figure out what they want to do with their lives and start doing it.
Five years ago, she gathered a group of like-minded friends and colleagues around a vision of what a revolution in higher education could look like. After years of volunteering with groups and non-profits to organize for social impact, (SuperThank, TEDxMtHood, World Domination Summit) Michelle took the leap and Wayfinding Academy was born.
Located in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, Wayfinding Academy is a 2-year higher education program that is hand crafted for each individual student based on his or her interests. The Wayfinding team is made up of individuals with a background in higher education, public service, and social change who are seeking to transform the realm of higher education in the United States.
We are still learning as we grow, but we are definitely seeing some ripple effects of change in higher education. When not ruffling the feathers of traditional higher education, Michelle can be found walking the Camino de Santiago with fellow Wayfinders (this summer will be her seventh time!) or relaxing at her tiny home in Portland, Oregon.