INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER | LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT | EXECUTIVE COACH
For 30 years, leadership consultant and former athlete Michelle Moore has lit up board rooms, sports halls and conference rooms alike, sharing her experience and message of our power to rise in spite of challenge, and inspiring a progressive brand of conscious leadership for a new age of sport and business.
Championed for a brand of activism which is unapologetic yet grounded in compassion and a desire to effect positive change, Michelle has spoken and consulted everywhere from The London Mayor’s Office, The Commonwealth Games Federation, UNICEF UK, The University of Cambridge, The BBC, The International Paralympic Committee, Sport England, The University of Texas and Premier League Football.
Multi award-winning Michelle’s expertise and insight is sought out by government bodies, corporations and community organisations keen to draw on her knowledge of creating a sporting culture which fosters equity & equality. South London born Michelle offers a road map into sustainable development through sport, and the depth of her nuanced understanding into the evolution she believes leadership across all sectors must undergo in order to drive the change it seeks, is unprecedented;
“To me the leadership of the future is all about how we advocate for others and bring them on the journey with us. Together. This is how I’ve been able to affect the most powerful change throughout my career” says Michelle.
It was unquestionably her early life as a twin growing up in South London and competing for athletics club Herne Hill Harriers as early as aged 9, that introduced her to the power of resilience against a backdrop of social, family and cultural challenge.
Michelle recalls as early as aged three, her white mother being abused in the street for having brown babies in the pushchair. Aged 11, her Vicar’s failure to complete a reference which stated she attended church, lead to her missing out on a place at one of London’s better girl’s state schools – and instead she found herself at a rough Bermondsey comprehensive which struggled in academic performance and had what Michelle describes as “low expectations for the children.”
Those early personal experiences of the disparity that socio economics and race have on our individual life chances and opportunities, lit an early fire to channel her experience and unexpressed rage through a productive and healthy medium. That flame burns on. And so it is that Michelle Moore can evoke a standing ovation from individuals moved by stories of her work to tackle inequalities and intergenerational worklessness amongst marginalised communities. Inspired by her tales of calling out the need for the white and male leadership minority to be willing to “give up or share power” in rooms where she finds herself the only black woman.
Revered for being both bold and vulnerable enough to speak out on topics such as “the emotional and economic tax women of colour pay,” Michelle has been voted as one of the 50 most influential women in sport in the UK and won an esteemed national Changemaker award in 2015. Michelle is the winner of the 2016 UK Precious Award for ‘Outstanding Woman in Sport’ and won a prestigious Football Black List 2017 award.
Today Michelle combines her role as trustee for the Runnymede Trust (the UK’s leading Race Equality Think-tank) with that of Diversity advisor to the Women’s Sport Trust board, trustee of the SportsAid charity, sitting on the Sport England Talent Inclusion Advisory Board and is senior honorary associate lecturer for the University of Worcester.
She continues to consult for CEO’s, individuals and senior leadership teams in organisations to create solutions steeped in strategic insight and cultural context.