Michelle Easley is an author, speaker, creator and innovator. Michelle and her team can empower your organization to build capacity to have critical conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. They provide full service, tailored diversity, equity and inclusion solutions to assist organizations in achieving measurable outcomes and sustainable results. They work with schools, school systems, corporations and non-profit organizations.
Michelle’s motivation for doing DEI work is intensely personal. Michelle’s father was a member of the Atlanta Student Movement. He sat in at the lunch counters of F.W. Woolworth and H. L. Green in downtown Atlanta in 1960. He was in the first, small group of African American teachers who integrated E. L. Connally Elementary School in 1970. Her mother, Deana Usher (Easley) was the first African American Spanish teacher at Sylvan Hills High School in Atlanta in 1970. As a result of her parent’s commitment to equal rights Michelle grew up immersed in an awareness that equal rights were not just given to all people. She is called to help create a world in which everyone, regardless of race, has a true opportunity to succeed. This calling was passed on to her from her mother and father.
Michelle is a public educator with over 20 years of experience. She has worked at all levels, elementary, middle and high school. She has held various leadership positions at the district level of a major, public school system. Additionally, she coordinated school library information centers for all military bases in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the United States for the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools for the Department of Defense Education Activity. She was formerly the president of the Georgia Library Media Association. She served as a member of the Southeast Regional Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and a member of the Georgia Department of Education’s Education of the Whole Child Committee (ESSA implementation).
Michelle is a published author. Her latest book is How to Increase Diversity in School Library Collections and Programs. She has written articles in professional journals. She is a blogger for the American Association of School Librarian’s Knowledge Quest blog. She uses the printed word to push people toward creating and sustaining equitable environments. Michelle is a national presenter and speaker. She has presented at national, professional conferences. She has designed and facilitated webinars for the American Association of School Librarians, and multinational corporations.
Michelle received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degree from Florida A&M University, a Master of Arts and Teaching degree from Emory University and the Specialist in Education degree from Georgia State University. Michelle attended Frederick Douglass High School in the Atlanta Public School System.
Michelle is pictured with her father, Willie Easley, on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.