Visionary, Wife, Mother, Author, Acceleration Executive, Talk Show Host, Speaker, Wellness Thought Leader
Michelle Patterson is the Chief Experience Officer of My Jane, a membership community delivering curated cannabis education and experiences for women. The Real Share, a community platform with end to end technology for building a highly engaged user community and direct to consumer businesses. She is the former CEO of the media and production company Women Network LLC and served as the exclusive event producer of the California Women’s Conference.
Michelle Patterson’s name conjures up many credits – visionary, author, acceleration executive, founder, passionate talk show host, and dynamic speaker. She is a woman of many talents and dimensions. She is also the founder of Global Women Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity created to bring women together to create global change by empowering them to transform their communities. Its mission supports women to effectuate this change through serving as a world-wide conduit for connecting community, mentoring, education, and financial support.
Michelle had the good fortune to interview California Governor George Deukmejian when she was 12 years old. Governor Deukmejian was just starting the California Women’s Conference to advance women’s causes. Nearly 30 years later, Michelle took over the reins of the well-known California Women’s Conference, continuing its thirty-year tradition as the nation’s preeminent conference for women – a perfect example of the objective Governor Deukmejian set out when he first started the conference.
The conference hosts over two hundred well-known thought leaders from around the world, ranging from the Dalai Lama to Oprah to Arianna Huffington, to name a few.
A successful event promoter; a lauded business accelerator (youngest Regional VP and National Sales Trainer for Robert Half, the world’s largest specialized recruiting firm); a sought-after media commentator (The Huffington Post, CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, and hundreds of TV and radio stations, including the “Dear Jane” podcast); an energetic and engaging public speaker; Michelle is also the headlining author for a Women’s Anthology, Women Change the World, featuring notable celebrity contributors as well as five other books. She was invited to speak as a keynote to the United Nations on the topic of Women and the difference they are making in our world.
Michelle was knighted Dame Michelle Patterson for her humanitarian work by the Knights of the Orthodox Order of St. John Russian Grand Priory (in 2014), a thousand-year organization known for their work founding hospitals. She participated in Leadership California (class of 2015), a unique program designed to develop and mobilize female leaders. In 2016, she was honored as “Woman of the Year” by the World Boxing Council at their annual conference in Las Vegas and awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by President Barack Obama and the Corporation for National and Community Service for her lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through service. She was also honored with the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Corporate Advocate award at their 23rd annual Women’s Summit (2017).
Beyond her notable business success, Michelle is most passionate about her family. She lives in California, with her husband of nearly twenty years, Eric, a successful corporate CFO in his own right, and their two beautiful children, Jaclyn and Chase.