Michelle runs Rise & Design LLC, which offers advisory services for organizations seeking to design toward the future and develop significant strategic initiatives or an innovation agenda. 


We tackle complexity.


At Rise & Design, we excel at:

  • Identifying what comes next?

  • Thought partnership and executive advisory services with high engagement value

  • Inclusive strategic planning and future-proofing strategies

  • Design thinking

  • Systems mapping

  • Research and insights in service of innovation, incubation, as well as innovation management

  • Applying strategic intelligence to drive innovation and growth toward new business development

  • Storytelling and mobilizing for action

  • Leadership in ecosystem development, including coalition building across a wide range of stakeholders

  • Holistic approaches to collaboration services, including real estate and the design of innovative learning and work spaces, behavior and mindset shifts, and digital transformation and its IT implications

  • Curriculum or program redesign for workforce readiness

  • Designing innovative learning spaces or buildings

View Michelle's past design work

Working with Todd Shafer, architect at Perry Dean Rogers, Michelle designed a physical innovation space at Southern New Hampshire University for brainstorming, collaboration, movement, and connection—what she calls, play.