Michele Dortch is a former HR/Learning & Development professional who now enjoys her “second act” career as a writer, editor and communications consultant.
After earning a degree in English, Michele did what any headstrong 20-something would do – she jumped right into a career that had nothing to do with her studies and landed a job as a Technical Trainer for a San Diego-based software company. That was the beginning of fast-moving career that eventually led her to a burgeoning dot-com in 1999. She joined as part of the Human Resources team and it was there that she honed her expertise in the areas of learning & development, leadership, change management and organizational effectiveness, while completing a graduate degree in Organization Development.
Michele swiftly moved up the corporate ladder with cliché visions of busting glass ceilings and earning plenty of money doing it. But motherhood changed all that and just months before her 30th birthday, she decided to quit her full-time job to pursue a career life that offered new challenges and stretched her in new ways. She was nine months pregnant with her second child at the time. But that didn’t stop her from launching a one-woman management consulting practice where served a variety of clients including, Toyota Motor Sales, Yahoo!, and Boeing.
In 2005, while Michele was building her consulting practice, she discovered a dormant passion in writing. She created The Integrated Mother blog as an outlet for her writing and also began accepting freelance writing and editing projects alongside her existing consulting work. She eventually closed her consulting practice in 2008 to officially make the leap as a writer. Today, she helps companies educate and build better connections with their target audience by transforming dull, uninteresting content into language that attracts, influences and sells. Michele’s written work has appeared in a variety of in-print and online publications including Redbook, SUCCESS magazine, Work It Mom!, Hybrid Mom, Divine Caroline and Examiner.com where she served as the Phoenix Working Moms feature writer. She has also been a contributor to two books.
In addition to earning a B.A. English from San Diego State University and a M.A. Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University, Michele completed professional coach training at The Coaches Institute (CTI) and graduated from the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) executive training program at UCLA. She is an adjunct professor instructing undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in English, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior.
Although Michele plans to return home to San Diego in the near future, she currently lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and three children. A self-confessed “nerd,” her interests include technology, social media, psychology, and running.