Michele speaking at MTA Festival

Whether through a keynote address, breakout session, or executive education workshop, I can help your organization appy simple but effective tools to help manage highly obvious but under-recognized “gray rhino” challenges to companies, industries, people, and the planet. I can talk your audience through an overview of the gray rhino framework with examples relevant to your industry, or do a deep dive into one of the stages. Does your organization need to develop better alarm signals and decision making systems to make sure your people recognize and speak up when they see a gray rhino? Do you know what the gray rhino is in your organization or industry but can’t seem to get past muddling? Do you need help developing an action plan to get key stakeholders on board?

I’m more than happy to customize my presentation to meet your organization’s needs, whether focusing on your organizational, industry or civic gray rhinos or putting in context the global policy gray rhinos that will affect us all.

In addition to gray rhinos, my favorite speaking topics involve macro strategy, global economics and finance, women’s leadership, immigration policy, new global models of citizenship, or the complex relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

For more information about my rates and availability, please follow this link to contact SpeakersConnect.





World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2013

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  • “Immigration: An Unaddressed Crisis Right in Front of Us.” Part of the Arts & Ideas Movement & Migration series at Framingham State University, October 29, 2013
  • “Spheres of Influence: Changing Dynamics within the Middle East,” Blouin Global Creative Leadership Summit, September 24, 2013
  • Black Swans and Gray Rhinos,” [VIDEO] World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2013
  • Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit, New York City, January 7, 2013
  • “The Haitian Massacre 75 Years Later,” City University of New York, October 4, 2012


Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit
  • “Colloquium on the Constitution and Imagining of America,” Amherst College, April 16, 2011
  • Challenges and Solutions in International Development,” [VIDEO] Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit, January 22,  2011
  • “Local Economics Meets Global Migration: A Global Review of Recent Restrictive Immigration Measures and Their Impact on Global Mobility,” American Bar Association International Chapter, Paris, France, November 5, 2010


  • Michele speaking at Toronto Forum for Global Cities

    “Financial Crisis: Have We Seen the Bottom?” Toronto Forum on Global Cities, November 23, 2010

  • “Migration in a Changing Global Economy,” American Council on International Personnel (now Global Immigration Council), Arlington, VA, June 8, 2010
  • “Tremors across Hispaniola: Haiti and the Dominican Republic Before and After the Earthquake,” Fordham University, March 11, 2010
  • “The Current State of U.S. Immigration Policy,” Jersey City University, February 22, 2010
  • Beyond Relief: Helping Haiti,” [VIDEO] Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, February 18, 2010
  • Top Risks and Ethical Decisions,” [VIDEO] Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs January 8, 2010
  • “The Ethics of Migration” at “The Right to Move” Conference, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, December 12-13, 2009
  • Haiti in the World: Rethinking the Role of the International Community,” Western Washington University, October 14, 2009
  • “Breaking the Immigration Stalemate,” Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, October 23, 2009
  • “Global Talent: Skilled Workers and Migration,” Center for North American Studies, Tec de Monterrey, Santa Fe Campus, Distrito Federal, Mexico, August 24, 2009
  • “The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Immigration Trends,” Lazarski University, Warsaw, Poland June 4, 2009
  • “The Coming of Age of Citizenship,” Adelphi University, May 14, 2009
  • Top Risks and Ethical Decisions,” [VIDEO] Carnegie Council on Ethics & International Affairs, January 13, 2009
  • “Immigration and Globalization,” University of Minnesota-Duluth, February 24, 2009
  • “Passports as Weapons: What’s at Stake in the New Citizenship Debates,” Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. November 6 and 7, 2008
  • Immigration: Recasting the Debate,” Wake Forest University, October 4, 2007
  • “Migration and Interdependence” [VIDEO] Interdependence Day Celebration and Forum, Mexico City, September 9-10, 2007
  • “Immigration in America Today,” Portland State University, Portland, Oregon January 26, 2007
  • “Diversity and Immigration” Columbia Human Rights Seminar, April 4, 2007
  • “Immigrant Integration: Lessons from the United States Experience” Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, November 6, 2006
  • “The Engineer and the Busboy: Immigrants, Labor, and the Global Economy” The Asia Society (with Immigration Policy Center), New York City, June 2006
  • LOCKOUT Book Tour and Lectures 2006-07: Rice University, Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business; University of Texas Law School; Pace Law School; International Institute of New Jersey; Columbia Political Union; Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Portland State University; Westchester Community College; Pace University Law School; Olsson’s Books, Washington, DC; Harry Schwartz Books, Milwaukee;and others.
  • “The Workplace Integration of Immigrants” Institute for Work and the Economy, Chicago, April 2006
  • “The Economic Impact of Immigration and Security Policies” Panel discussion moderator, Conference on “Immigration and Security: European Challenges and International Perspectives,” Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin, Germany, March 2006
  • “Immigration and National Security” Conference on Immigration and Security, Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland, September 2005
  • “Fixing a Broken Immigration System” Bangor Foreign Policy Forum, Maine, August 2005
  • “Turning Your Story into a Book”
    Panelist, South Asian Journalists Association 2005 Annual Meeting
  • “On Being a Cosmopolitan”
    Panel discussion at the May 2000 Tikkun/Foundation for Ethics and Meaning conference on Reinventing Politics and Society at the New Millennium
  • “Finding Your Story’s Center”
    Panelist, American Society of Journalists and Authors 1999 Annual Meeting
  • Panel discussion moderator, World Policy Institute
    “Fortress America’s Barriers to Global Talent” (April 2006)
    “Local Citizens, Global Citizens: National Loyalties in Play in an Age of Mass Migration” (November 2004)
    “Terrorism’s Aftermath: America’s War on Immigrants” (December 2003)
    “Why Countries Go Bankrupt” (November 2002)
    “Grapes of Wrath: Migrant Workers in the Global Economy” (November 2001)
  • “Between Host & Homeland: Europe and the Politicization of Second-Generation Diasporas”
    Panel discussion moderator: “European Diasporas in the United States”
    The New School, May 12, 2005
  • “Local Voting Rights for Non-Citizens”
    Humanist Center of Cultures, June 2005 • Brecht Forum, March 2005 • New York University, October 2004 • Demos Forum at City University of New York Graduate Center, March 2004
  • “Current Political Issues on Hispaniola”
    Columbia University School of International Affairs; Georgetown University Caribbean Project; New School University; Yale Law School; US State Department; Latin American Studies Association; Columbia University Law School/National Coalition for Haitian Rights; Yale University Summer Institute for Educators; Global Democracy & Development Foundation, Santo Domingo
  • “The Interaction of Culture and History on Hispaniola”
    Creighton University  • DePauw University, Black Studies Department • Middlebury College, Latin American History  • Rice University, Anthropology and Media  •  University of Texas, Caribbean History  •  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Latin American Studies  •  Marquette University, Latin American Studies • Olivet College  •  SUNY-Albany/Haitian Development Foundation  •  Trinity College • Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo • PUCMM, Santo Domingo • Tap-Tap restaurant/cultural center, Miami • L’Antillaise Art Gallery, Austin • United Community Center, Milwaukee • University of Vermont • Nyack Community Center, Nyack, NY
  • “Caribbean Historiography”
    Panel moderator, American Historical Association 2003 Annual Meeting
  • “The Culture of Capital in Latin America”
    Conference on Sustainable Energy Investment in the Americas, Baker Policy Institute, Rice University, 2001