Story by story, country by country.
Her forty-year journey has led Michale, founder and CEO of Story by Design, from elementary school classrooms and children’s hospitals into corporate boardrooms and conference halls, fundraising galas and even onto Soviet television.
Telling favorite stories of American children along with Russian Fairy tales to 50 million viewers, she promoted intercultural understanding during the Cold War, earning the nickname “Russia’s American Fairy Godmother.”
Michale’s Young Storytellers for Peace US/USSR exchange program generated extensive international press coverage, was the subject of an award-winning, nationally aired PBS documentary “Young Storytellers in Russia.” Michale and her Young Storytellers were invited to meet privately with President Ronald Reagan prior to their ground-breaking journey.
Michale has also used storytelling as a tool for peace in Uganda, Iraq and Costa Rica.
Michale was a storytelling coach and leadership consultant at The Boeing Company for over 20 years. She helped develop and lead leadership programs for IT, delivered Leading Through Story keynotes and workshops to over 10,000 employees, and provided storytelling coaching throughout the enterprise from executive suites to the factory floor. Michale works worldwide with clients through her Story By Design coaching and customized workshops for entrepreneurs, public speakers, corporate and non-profit leaders. Her clients learn to unleash the power of their own stories. Her inspirational keynotes have touched and transformed lives around the world.
Michale is a Parent’s Choice award-winning storyteller and contributing author to the “Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body and Soul” series, The Healing Heart and the author of Using Children’s Literature, Storytelling, Writing, Drama, and Art to Enhance Your Classroom Program.
She is the founder of the Storytelling Residency Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Tell Me A Story program for rural Alaska, Young Storytellers for Peace US/USSR Exchange, Teachers for Peace US/USSR Exchange and Storytell International.