Michele Weslander QUAID
MICHELE IS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER, CONSULTANT, COACH
Michele is a gifted communicator who is passionate about purpose-driven living and creating positive change. As the Founder and President of Sunesis Nexus, she serves as an independent consultant and professional coach collaborating with global leaders in the public and private sectors, academia, and nonprofit organizations, utilizing her experience and expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning, coalition building, technology, innovation, leading change, organizational transformation and operations. Through her first-hand experience — from corporate boardrooms to combat zones — Michele delivers best practices along with real-world examples, thereby equipping clients with insights and tools to lead innovation and affect positive change in their organizations and communities.
Prior to founding her own company, Michele served as Google’s Chief Technology Officer for Public Sector and Chief Innovation Evangelist. Previously, she served in both industry and government, collaborating with talented people of diverse backgrounds and cultures around the world. Michele was recruited from industry into public service post-9/11/2001 and was one of the youngest leaders ever sworn in as a senior executive in the US Government. As a government official, working at the intersection of foreign and domestic policy, Michele led the cultural and technical integration of the national security community, establishing and serving in various senior leadership positions inspiring others towards a common goal and affecting positive change. Michele continues to serve on various commercial and nonprofit Board of Directors and Strategic Advisory Groups, and Federal Advisory Committees.
Michele’s honors include “DC’s Top 50 Women in Tech” (FedScoop, 2014), “Power 100” list of influencers (Washington Life, 2014), and “The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch” (Entrepreneur Magazine, 2014).