Michelle is the co-founder and executive director of Gladeo, a digital media nonprofit that fosters career exploration for students from diverse backgrounds. She harnesses the power of storytelling and technology to inspire, educate and empower underserved students to find and pursue their dream career. Check out this short video to learn more about Gladeo’s work, and check out the short Q&A below to learn more about this changemaker who will be joining us for Upswell in two weeks!
Q: What drives you?
MC: I want to see a diverse world where people thrive in roles of their choosing, where aspirations are not bound by limitations, and where equality is embodied by everyone.
Q: What’s your favorite Sunday morning activity?
MC: Brewing a good cup of coffee. Then going for a hike around my home in Topanga Canyon, absorbing the beauty of nature and silence, and mentally listing the things I’m grateful for.
Q: What drew you to a career in the social sector?
MC: I had served many years as a mentor and volunteer in low-income communities when I saw that many students had so few career role models. Their awareness often started with what their older siblings did and ended with what they saw on TV and when their school did have a career day, there weren’t many careers represented. So how could these kids aspire to careers they’ve never heard of? After years of frustration trying to get my friends to attend career days in the middle of the work day and failing, my co-founder and I decided to do something about it.
Q: What excites you most about Upswell?
MC: Meeting and developing relationships with other changemakers through deep and meaningful engagement. I’m excited to learn and absorb the diversity of perspective, experience, expertise, personality, and energy from other changemakers. And when I read this phrase on Upswell’s site “If we could do instead of talk and collaborate instead of compete, imagine the kind of change we could make.”, I got excited and signed up because I truly believe that, in order to make systemic change, we need to work together.