Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the global training and consulting firm, Explora International LLC, and co-author of the best-selling book Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide. She is part of the Startup Chile Advisory Board and Author-in-Residence at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center. For the past 15 years, Michelle has been a trainer, coach, and mentor to startup founders on strategy, market expansion, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Her teaching style is a hybrid of facilitation and coaching to help develop judgment, decision-making, and critical thinking skills that instill a problem-solver approach to challenges.
Michelle has worked in more than 65 countries around the world, including 2/3 of the world’s Spanish-speaking countries. As a child, she lived in Panama and Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. She is now studying Portuguese. In her free time, you can find Michelle in her garden, planning her next travel adventure, or riding her bike along the coastal trails.