Michelle Lopes Maldonado

I am a daughter of educators and grand-daughter of the first Black principal in Cape Cod, MA. My grandfather was an instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen and both of my grandmothers were “Rosie Riveters.” I am a mother and a wife of a U.S. Air Force Veteran and come from a family where all branches of the military are represented. I come from a family of service and a family of firsts. I understand what it means to serve, to work hard, and to take care of those around us. I also am a former attorney, turned business leader-turned small business owner. I am a champion for compassionate change and a servant leader.

• My work:
o What I Do: Design and provide training and support programs focused on resilience, compassion, emotional intelligence, mindful leadership and performance through an equity lens.

o Why I Do It: To support the people who serve the people and help create
communities, organizations and countries where everyone can thrive.

o Who I Do It For: International peace keepers, humanitarian aid workers, law
enforcement, teachers and administrators, Congressional staffers, government
agency leaders, small business owners and non-profits, as well as teens and young

• Education:
o Barnard College at Columbia University
o The George Washington University School of Law
• Bar Admissions: Virginia and Washington, D.C.

• Organizational Boards: AwakeTeams and Sojourners

• Industry Recognition: Woman of the Year (National Association of Professional Women – Education Sector), Top Corporate Leader (Leadership Excellence/HR.com), Golden Key International Honour Society (Honorary Member), and named among the “12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement,” (Mindful Magazine)