Michelle is fortunate enough to engage in work she loves with the ultimate aim of supporting women to advance in workplaces.

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Michelle currently leads UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) this is a is a dynamic partnership between UN Women and key representatives from the private sector, academia and nonprofit institutions focused on developing the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

Specifically, the GICC will focus on the following actions:

  • Build market awareness of the potential for innovations developed by women that meet the needs of women and girls.

  • Identify the key barriers to women and girl’s advancement in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship;

  • Work collaboratively to identify and take actions to address these barriers and needs at an industry-wide level.



Michelle is currently and advisory board member for the United Nations Campaign, Girl up. Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. With resources in five languages and more than 2,200 Girl Up Clubs in over 100 countries, we’ve trained 40,000 girls of all backgrounds to create tangible change for girls everywhere. Girl Up provides leadership training and gives girls tools to become gender equality advocates and activists. Through our programs, girls broaden their social impact skill set, receive a platform to tell their stories, and apply STEM for social good. Our girl leaders create real policy change at local and national levels, raise millions of dollars to support United Nations programs that reach tens of thousands of girls around the world, and build community-based movements. Girl Up is an initiative of the UN Foundation, working across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide.

As entrepreneurs, advocates, and business and industry leaders, our Advisory Council lends their expertise to the growth and sustainability of Girl Up, helping us continue to build this movement to reach girls worldwide.


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Michelle is currently pursuing her PhD through Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. Michelle is investigation political climates in workplaces, and associated gender differences in political behaviours using qualitative research methods.

Michelle’s research findings to date have been published in the Harvard Business Review.

Michelle has previously published academic research here:
Michelle King, Dianne Gardner, (2006) "Emotional intelligence and occupational stress among professional staff in New Zealand", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 14 Iss: 3, pp.186 - 203