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Michelle Kizer

Human Resource Manager


-Strategic human resource management
-Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
-Talent acquisition
-Employee engagement
-Coaching and mentorship


“Michelle takes the time to understand the barriers to success and develop solutions that are immediately impactful simply because they incorporate learnings directly from her team about the root cause of the barrier.” – HR Executive & Employment Lawyer

“Michelle is able to create and retain relationships internally and externally that support the mission of the organization.” – Strategic Business Consultant

“When I face thorny problems about how other companies might structure particular HR practices or processes, I know I can pick up the phone and get a reputable answer from Michelle.” – Senior Manager, Talent Development

“Detail-oriented and results driven, Michelle is an incredible asset to any organization.” – Client

“The consummate professional, she is fearless and determined when facing obstacles and challenges. Perhaps most impressive is her personality and gracious demeanor.” – Client

“As someone who has had the privilege of working under Michelle, I can say that she is a shining example of what HR should be.” – Mentee


-Arcangela and John Balest Scholarship
-Brooke and Glenn Grindlinger International Experience Fund
-Cornell Branch of Telluride Association Scholar

Michelle is a strategic HR professional whose inclusive and creative leadership style inspires teams. She has 10 years of experience in media/marketing agencies, consulting firms and educational institutions. By centering equity and empathy in her practice, she creates impact in companies that view DEI, engagement and innovation as integral to people strategies.

Michelle graduated with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University with international study at University of New South Wales’ Australian School of Business. Michelle’s core studies included labor history, human resource management, labor and employment law, organizational behavior and organizational change management. Her research focused on the experience of underrepresented and underserved populations in the world of work: gender egalitarianism in succession planning, the social model of disability in global policies, equal employment opportunity in the international sphere and cross-cultural perspectives on work.

Michelle is a lifelong learner who combines research and a consultative approach to guide her clients. She thoughtfully develops relationships and leverages networks to enable all team members to meet their goals.

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