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Michelle is a founding member and current chair of the Black Employee Network, assisting with various initiatives to make the company more inclusive for people of colour. At various firm wide diversity events Michelle has addressed the importance of diversity and inclusion efforts, setting the tone for the importance of the network with open dialogue on challenges faced by people of colour. She has organised meetings between the firm’s president, who sponsors the network, and various heads of diversity at peer organisations to learn from their experiences. Michelle has organised various presentations and panel discussions in the UK and the US, sharing the message of D&I. She has built connections between her firm and Partnership Inc., which focuses on executive programmes for people of colour, and works with recruitment teams to promote candidates from Historical Black Colleges. Externally, Michelle is a board member for the Business Center for New Americans, a non-profit organization which develops and implements economic development programmes in New York City, with programmes aiming to help refugees and immigrants with affordable credit. She volunteers with the Young Women’s Leadership Network, speaking to New York high school students from predominantly low income areas with a higher percentage of people of colour, about her profession. Michelle has for a long time been involved with the charity Sandema Educational, focusing on establishing local radio and a library for the Upper East Region of Ghana.

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