As a shining representative for the betterment of others, Michellene Davis is one of life’s specially gifted trailblazers. Her multi-faceted skill set includes a plethora of tools that she has strategically used to advance lives. A noted trial attorney, she spent her earliest years in public service representing disenfranchised members of the most vulnerable populations. An effective advocate and researcher, her name later became synonymous with a perfect balance of policy and politics as she became the first African-American ever to serve as chief policy counsel within the New Jersey Governor’s office. Prior to making history in the governor’s office, Michellene blazed a trail within the New Jersey Department of the Treasury when, as the first African American woman State Treasurer, she created the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Supplier Diversity and Division of Minority and Women-owned Businesses to forge new revenue generating opportunities avenues for women and minority owned businesses. She became the youngest New Jersey lottery CEO, producing record-setting revenue numbers enhancing the state’s General Fund contribution to education and state run veteran’s homes. Michellene was also the first woman and first person of any color to be named to the senior-most level of the State of New Jersey’s largest healthcare system. An internationally requested speaker, she is a coveted orator with an innate ability to connect as well as communicate while challenging audiences to reach higher heights of humanity.
Michellene’s exemplary abilities are surpassed only by her personal narrative. Beyond being a woman of numerous career “firsts”, she has persevered through the difficulties of her surroundings to display a brilliant pathway of achievement. She has proven to be her own woman and consistently refuses to be bound by the expectations of others or the deterrents of bias . Michellene Davis is an inspirational speaker, motivating storyteller and powerful public advocate who ignites and delights audiences to:
• “Churn” Adversity: Turn Challenge and Adversity into a New Direction for Your Life
• Stop Going to Work and Start “Going to Ministry”: Find the Gift of Purpose in Your Career
• Maintain Your “Core Authenticity”: Succeed in the Workplace and Remain True to Yourself
• Create Legacy: Make Choices for a Career and a Lifetime