Michelle works a Research Fellow in the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre (APSILC) at Melbourne Business School. Michelle leads APSILC’s research agenda in the Aboriginal Business and Leadership development space. This includes program directing the MURRA Aboriginal Business Master Class Program.
Michelle graduated from her PhD in December 2012. Her PhD investigates the phenomenon of Indigenous arts leadership in Australia.
Michelle was the founding Head of the Victorian College of the Arts Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development from 2003-2010. During her time as the Head of the Wilin Centre Michelle’s key achievements included: supporting the graduation of fifty Indigenous artists and arts managers; coordinating a cultural advisory body for the Centre and College; developing, teaching and course coordinating Australia’s only Indigenous Arts Management postgraduate program; supporting the creative development of Australia’s first Indigenous opera Pecan Summer; and piloting the Accelerate program – a creative Indigenous Leadership Program in partnership with the British Council/Australia Council/Virgin Atlantic.
Michelle graduated with a first degree honors Masters of Creative Arts from the University of Melbourne. This qualitative study investigated the long-term impacts of cultural programs on the building of communities and networks. Michelle is published in the Australian Literary Studies journal (A ranked), has edited monographs through the University of Melbourne, and contributed to a range of diverse conference proceedings in disciplines of librarian studies, Indigenous education, Indigenous arts and leadership. Michelle is an accredited partnership broker through the International Business Leaders Forum and Overseas Development Institute. Michelle is a professional mentor for Arts Victoria’s Indigenous Visual Arts Residents, a Board Member of Berry Street Victoria, and Trustee of the Yvonne Cohen Award for Indigenous Creative Young People.