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As co-chair of IHG’s employee resource group for Black colleagues, Michael was instrumental in steering IHG’s response to racial justice issues in the US in 2020, contributing to the redesign of IHG’s DEI commitments and actions. Since 2019, he has led companywide Black History Month (BHM) events, facilitated Courageous Conversations with Black colleagues, and facilitated listening sessions to share the perspectives of Black colleagues.

Michael has mentored and sponsored colleagues of color, guiding them to achieve career promotions. In addition to his work at IHG, he volunteers with local schools to increase the focus on mentoring and sponsorship for students of color. He has conducted several letter-writing campaigns to national and state officials against laws affecting people of color.

Michael and his husband Paul have four boys and, in his spare time, enjoy traveling and involving his family in his philanthropic and community efforts.