it started at age 9.
Michelle knew she wanted to make a living telling stories when she turned nine, and created a writer's studio in her cramped bedroom closet. She's been creating content, mostly nonfiction, ever since. She graduated to a bigger office (sometimes, on good days, outside).
Michelle is the founder and executive director of MEDIAGIRLS, a nationally recognized and award-winning non-profit program that teaches middle-school girls and young women to know their true self-worth and harness the power of media to uplift one another.
She is the author of the book I Love Mondays: And other Confessions from devoted working moms (Seal Press, Nov. 2012), featured on Katie Couric's talk show "Katie", Parenting.com, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and numerous other publications. Michelle is also the co-author of the national bestseller I'm Not Mad, I just Hate You!: a new understanding of mother-daughter conflict (Viking, 1999), which appeared on several national talk shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show, and the author of Seeking Happily Ever After: Navigating the ups and down of being single without losing your mind (Tarcher/Penguin, October 2010).
In 2007, Michelle began to teach herself filmmaking through trial-and-error, much error, but she learned quickly. She is the director and a producer of the award-winning documentary Seeking Happily Ever After (Lionsgate (2011), featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Forbes, AOL News, Marie Claire, Bust and other publications. In 2014, Michelle distributed her documentary One and Only (www.oneandonlythemovie.com), an exploration of what makes one-child families unique and whether stereotypes of onlies hold true.
As a freelancer, Michelle has written and edited for national magazines, including MORE, Your Tango, Psychology Today, Mother Earth News, and Family Fun, and was the Sr. Editor of Girls' Life magazine for five years. Michelle is a columnist for Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, MEDIUM, and the Girls Leadership blog.
Michelle has given numerous lectures and workshops for women and girls around the U.S., and has spoken at several women's conferences, including Mom 2.0 Summit, Celebrating Women: Mind, Body & Spirit, and The Worcester Women's Leadership conference.
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