Meet Michael Donnelly– FWD Collective Founder and CEO
Michael Donnelly is a fun-loving “#scrappytosavvy” entrepreneur who wants to make a difference in the world by encouraging professional inclusion for women and diversity. Her first entrepreneurial venture was as founder and CEO of experience design and event consulting firm Red Suede Shoes. Soon after, Michael founded FWD (For Women & Diversity) Collective, a rapidly growing community in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Washington D.C. who are joining the conversation on inclusion and want their individual and collective voices to be heard. FWD hosts summits and workshops internationally featuring women, P.O.C., and under-represented groups. Their platform and events connect emerging entrepreneurs with established executives by facilitating discussions and providing tangible strategies for business development, innovation, building teams, securing venture capital, and beyond.
Michael’s innovative experience design process all focuses on redefining how we work and connect with one another with the mantra ‘business gets done when people have fun’.
Developing playbooks for conferences and events with innovative and profitable strategies, operational excellence, and creative authentic marketing is where Michael’s experience and vibrant personality shines through. She has worked with companies including the American Marketing Association, DHL, Microsoft, Verizon, Walker Sands, Techweek, and a number of SMB’s and start-ups.
As Founder of FWD Collective, Michael’s and her team hosted their 2018 San Francisco Summit on March 1st. Then launched their FocusFWD quarterly programs in Chicago starting with the VentureFWD event on March 21st. The next event, WorkFWD, will take place on June 12th, and the FWD Collective Summit In Chicago is scheduled for, September 13th, check out the full 2018-2019 schedule here. And click here to learn about becoming a Founding Member of FWD!
Outside of designing experiences, Michael serves on a few local boards including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and the mHUB Venture Board, hangs out with her pup Lux, loves to Stand Up Paddle Board, and is all about the #scrappytosavvy life.
To learn more check out www.michaeltdonnelly.com