Michelle King

Founder and Managing Director of the Culture Practice, Advisory Board Member, Girl Up, United Nations Foundation & Organisational Culture expert

  • Davos Top 100 Women
  • Former Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Netflix
  • Former Head of Integrated Strategy for Gender Innovation & GICC
  • Former Corporate Affairs Manager – Communications and Culture for BHP Billiton
  • LinkedIn Top Voice for Equality in the Workplace 2020
  • Inspiring Innovators Award by Women in Tech Founders
  • Author of the award-winning, bestselling book ‘The Fix: How to Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work
  • 2020 Noble Peace Prize Speaker

Discover Michelle King’s biography of published work below.

Michelle King
The Fix: How to Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work

When Michelle King is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

How inequality works at work
Why DEI efforts are failing (and what we can do about it)
Why DEI is an invitation for leaders to lead
Why inequality costs men, and what they can do about it
Overcoming The Greatest Barrier To Women’s Advancement At Work: Gender Denial
Are Robots Going To Take Your Job? Three ways to future-proof your career
Understanding how workplaces work: The four ways to advance at work without losing yourself
How to make your workplace work for everyone (including you!)
Paying It Forward: How to find meaning at work

Michelle King is an award-winning author, speaker and expert on organisational culture who has over a decade of experience advising organisations on how to create a more inclusive culture. She is the founder of The Culture Practice, a DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) and organisational development consultancy firm which coaches both leaders and employees on how to build a culture where everyone is valued for their unique traits. Having presented over 500 speaking engagements worldwide, Michelle is adept in tailoring each of her talks specifically to the organisations and encompasses a wide range of topics such as belonging, DEI, inequality and inclusive culture, in her speeches.

An individual who thrives on expanding her knowledge, Michelle has a total of five academic qualifications; having gained her BA in Business Psychology in 2003, she then completed her MA in Industrial Organisational Psychology in 2005. In 2008 she gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, completed her MBA in 2013, completed her Executive coaching course in 2020 and finished her PhD in Organisations and Gender in 2022. Outside of education, Michelle has led an incredible career, working her way up through the ranks after starting her career with PwC as a Human Resource Consultant. Her significant roles include Corporate Affairs Manager for BHP Billiton, Head of Integrated Strategy for Gender and Innovation & GICC for UN Women, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Netflix and an Advisory Board Member or Girl Up, United Nations Foundation.

The Founder of The Culture Practice, Michelle had worked alongside and advised some of the largest organisations in the world including Netflix, JP Morgan, FIFA, Dior, Amazon, and the Guardian to name a few. As the Senior Advisor to the UN’s Girl Up, Michelle helped give young women the power they need to navigate any barriers they might face. In each of Michelle’s roles, she has lent her expertise to advance the workplace culture within the organisation to ensure equality throughout. A talented author Michelle has published two books: ‘The Fix: How to Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work’, which spent 5 months on the best-sellers list, and ‘How Work Works: The Subtle Science of Getting Ahead Without Losing Yourself’ and has been a Contributing Writer for Forbes for over six years.

Michelle has dedicated her life to ensuring everyone feels valued in their workplace, no matter their age, gender or race. She encourages workplaces to develop unique identities – one where everyone is respected, and their unique and individual talents are nurtured. In recognition of her talent, she was voted as a Top Voice for Equity in the Workplace 2020 by LinkedIn and the 2019 Inspiring Innovator Award from Women Tech Founders. Her TEDx ChelseaPark talk titled: ‘Its Not You, It’s Your Workplace’ has been viewed thousands of times on social media. If you are in need of an internationally renowned speaker who specialised on diversity in the workplace, look no further than Michelle King to hire for your next event today.

Official Testimonials

Michelle King is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“A visionary leader changing the inclusion landscape.”

Billie Jean King

“Insightful and thoroughly engaging, Michelle King provides practical solutions for bringing about tangible and lasting change, as well as an impassioned argument for equity that moves beyond the current discourse on women in the workplace.”

Dr Nina, UN Women Global Champion for Innovation

“Michelle has an exquisite ability to captivate the room, whatever the audience.”

Belinda, Associate Director & Diversity and Inclusion Lead, EMEIA TAS Talent EY

“Michelle is not only extremely knowledgeable with her background and research on gender inequality, but she applies those insights specifically to the workplace and brings it to life. Michelle has a truly unique way of connecting with her audience. She makes the research come to life and provides real ‘a-ha’ moments and practical takeaways that can be applied in any organisation.”

Claudia, CEO, SHE Global

“Michelle is a speaker who sparks fires in her audience around the issues she cares about. Her in-depth knowledge and insights, paired with her ability to clearly and vividly create the case for its importance, is a unique gift to the groups she speaks to. Our community still asks us about Michelle and where to access her talks and upcoming events.”

Jenn, Founder, Be Social Change

“Michelle King candidly shares her own personal experiences and decades of research to reveal the invisible barriers women face at work. Drawing on her exposure to companies that are structured to enable only men to succeed, she suggests that our denial towards gender inequality is hurting women, and challenges the idea that women can improve their way to success. Bravely, Michelle offers the essential message that women are extraordinary as they are, and don’t need fixing – workplaces do.”

Tamara, OBE, Co-founder, Jimmy Choo

“Michelle provides actions to take that do not succumb to the notion of “fixing” women. Calling for accountability in what too often is a toxic environment is only as important as offering ways to bring about real change in that environment.”

Meredith, Founder, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

“Michelle understands that creating an inclusive and equitable workplace for everyone takes all of us. We are fortunate she is sharing her expertise and learnings, and is bringing us along this journey to implement real change.”

Dr. Cindy, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, MetLife

“Always backed with tremendous expertise and experience as well as profound research Michelle managed to create awareness even with our most critical stakeholders.”

Christiane, CHRO Stepstone

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