Michelle E. Messina

Silicon Valley-based Speaker, CEO, & Entrepreneur

  • Michelle E. Messina`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Michelle E. Messina`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Travels From

    California, USA

  • Michelle E. Messina`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Michelle E. Messina`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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3 Times a Day, You Make a Choice

Today, there are 1 billion obese people on Earth and, simultaneously, 1 billion malnourished people. More than 4 billion people lack secure access to clean water.  Today’s agricultural producers and experts must address crop productivity improvements, while compensating for...

Today, there are 1 billion obese people on Earth and, simultaneously, 1 billion malnourished people. More than 4 billion people lack secure access to clean water.  Today’s agricultural producers and experts must address crop productivity improvements, while compensating for the effects of global climate disruption, diminishing resources such as topsoil and water, and changing consumption patterns. Consumers in Europe and North America are more health-conscious stimulating increased demand for fresh, local, and organic plant-based foods, while in other areas of the world, agriculturally intensive meat and dairy products are dominating the market.

Each day, 3-4 times a day, you choose the impact your diet has on the earth. Will you eat more greens and fruits, more plant-based proteins and bugs, or continue eating animals raised and killed for food? Are you aware that cockroaches and sea stars are being raised to provide new protein sources in animal feed?

This talk addresses the 4 most important issues of water, crop productivity, supply chain and logistics, and food loss, security and waste, where we can have a daily impact on the planet and minimize our carbon footprint.  Michelle will showcase innovative new technologies, food sources, and small initiatives making a big difference around the world.

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An Investor-Worthy Pitch

Investor-worthy presentations encompass 5 elements that will increase the chances of a securing a second (or third) meeting with the investor.  Join us November 1, 2017, for a fast-paced webinar that shares the 5 Silicon Valley secrets for a great pitch:  Story, content, ...

Investor-worthy presentations encompass 5 elements that will increase the chances of a securing a second (or third) meeting with the investor.  Join us November 1, 2017, for a fast-paced webinar that shares the 5 Silicon Valley secrets for a great pitch:  Story, content, context, form and Q&A’s.  We cover telling a compelling story, using text, script and images appropriately, providing context that enriches your story, enhancing your personal presentation style, and effectively managing the Q&A session.  These 5 elements will help you become a great presenter rather than simply a good presenter

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Successful Global Expansion for Startups

Expanding into new markets takes time, planning and advance research.  The US tech market is large, complex, and full of great opportunities and customers. However, navigating this ever-changing market can be challenging and full of unexpected surprises.  Fortunately, it ...

Expanding into new markets takes time, planning and advance research.  The US tech market is large, complex, and full of great opportunities and customers. However, navigating this ever-changing market can be challenging and full of unexpected surprises.  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. During this webinar, you can expect engaging discussion in the following topics:

  • Understanding your audience so you connect more effectively
  • Focusing your presentation with relevant content
  • What investors want to see and hear in your presentation
  • Building your network and finding the right people
  • Planning and resourcing your US market entry
  • Actual examples of what works and what doesn’t

 

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Lessons Learned from 1000’s of Entrepreneurs and their Startups

After working with entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries, and 2 years researching and writing a book for entrepreneurs, Michelle shares her best advice and guidance about how CEO’s and entrepreneurs can better position themselves for sustainable regional or global growth...

After working with entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries, and 2 years researching and writing a book for entrepreneurs, Michelle shares her best advice and guidance about how CEO’s and entrepreneurs can better position themselves for sustainable regional or global growth.

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Most Startups Die of Suicide, not Homicide

Expanding and growing a company is full of challenges, ambiguity, and difficulties.  There are at least a dozen pitfalls a company can experience including product, team, market, sales, finance, business model, investors, and customers.  Michelle reviews these pitfalls and ...

Expanding and growing a company is full of challenges, ambiguity, and difficulties.  There are at least a dozen pitfalls a company can experience including product, team, market, sales, finance, business model, investors, and customers.  Michelle reviews these pitfalls and talks about how to recognize and avoid them.

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A Winning Formula for Sustainable Growth

When preparing for the global market, startups have some unique advantages over big companies. They change and adapt very quickly to the realities of the new market.  However, they are usually short-staffed and lack sufficient financial resources to scale quickly. Michelle ...

When preparing for the global market, startups have some unique advantages over big companies. They change and adapt very quickly to the realities of the new market.  However, they are usually short-staffed and lack sufficient financial resources to scale quickly. Michelle will share 5 points that will help startups compete more effectively against large companies and win!

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Pitching Your Idea to Win Corporate Support (Intrapreneurship)

Being an intrapreneur inside a corporation means you need effective communication skills to pitch your idea and win the corporate resources and support required to be successful. This talk helps intrapreneurs organize the requisite information around their idea or concept, and...

Being an intrapreneur inside a corporation means you need effective communication skills to pitch your idea and win the corporate resources and support required to be successful. This talk helps intrapreneurs organize the requisite information around their idea or concept, and effectively present it a Corporate Review Panel.  We will discuss the importance of making a strong case for the value your concept will deliver to the corporation.  Value may come in different forms.  Will your concept help the company attract more customers, sell more of their existing products, improve customer service and support, better engage with the market, drive more revenue, or solve an internal challenge that currently costs time, money and hassle? This talk also covers the use of different styles of slides to communicate more effectively, your personal presentation style, and the value of providing content that is both interesting and compelling. So please join us!

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About Keynote Speaker Michelle E. Messina

Michelle E. Messina is CEO of the international training and consulting firm, Explora International LLC and co-author of the best-selling book Decoding Silicon Valley:  The Insider’s Guide.  She pioneered Silicon Valley’s Best Practices training programs in 2004.  Since then, the curriculum and consulting expertise has expanded to meet the needs of startups, CEO’s & founders, investors, corporate venture groups, angel and seed investors, mentors, and regional ecosystem partners.

For startups and growth mode companies, Michelle helps them identify market opportunities, turnaround difficult situations, and build sustainable businesses with more predictable revenue streams. She has heard more than 5000 company pitches. For international governments, Michelle identifies gaps and opportunities in the ecosystem and implements strategies to address them and aligns supporting partners including mentor, universities, and investors.

As a serial entrepreneur and consultant, Michelle is an expert pitch coach and has trained the winning companies at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2017, Startup Grind 2017 & 2016, LeWeb 2013, and more. She has worked in, or traveled to, more than 60 different countries, including developing, post-war, and transitional economies.

Michelle is a sought-after speaker and travels regularly supporting public private partnerships benefitting SME’s, women, and entrepreneurs.  She mentors entrepreneurs at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center, The Last Mile @ San Quentin Prison, Telefonica’s Wayra academies, and Innovation Center Denmark. Michelle is also a NASDAQ Author-in-Residence and bilingual in English and Spanish.

Testimonials

Michelle is a pioneer in the international training business acceleration space since 2004 and has impacted thousands of companies bringing knowledge and skillsets to burgeoning startups worldwide. One of the many things that I’ve admired is that Michelle extends her expertise, training and access to high school and college students from around the world (in addition to business executives and policy makers), exposing them to possibilities, setting goals, empowering dreams, and giving them tools and pathways to achieve them, at early ages.

Michelle’s approach is collaborative and inclusive which builds teams of talented people who “pay it forward” and willingly give of their time and expertise to help other entrepreneurs, many of whom are from other countries. She walks her talk and is a strong role model for business women and men, across a vast array of cultures. It’s a pleasure to work with Michelle and recommend her.

Deborah Siegle

Market Research, Strategy, Positioning Expert

Strong foundation is what Michelle helped us build and it led to being acquired by one of the largest companies of the world – Rakuten. In our early startup days, Michelle guided us to build the sales strategy and a company that becomes successful globally. She understands the startup’s first steps and next while remaining laser focused on the path with many unknowns. For a startup, Michelle’s ROI is indeed, very high.

Heikki Haldre

Chairman at The Future of Retail Organization

I recently had the pleasure of participating in Michelle’s 1-day training seminar for mentors at Startup Mexico in Mexico City. Michelle has fantastic communication and presentation skills, deep experience, and broad international perspective; all of which helped me enormously as a new mentor. She is also as quick-witted as she is engaging with her audience. Our all-day training session felt like it passed in an instant. I would highly recommend Michelle.

Lawrence McDaniel

Full Stack Developer

“Outstanding experience” is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Michelle. I had the pleasure of knowing Michelle during the WAYRA’s bootcamp and was impressed with her knowledge and her ability to handle even the toughest questions effortlessly. Amazing!

Alexandra Gamarra

CEO at Usetime.co

Michelle is an skilled executive with a deep understanding of international companies and businesses, and how they relate to the Silicon Valley culture. Her experience working with entrepreneurs, executives and students from around the world makes her a unique “window” to the valley.

John Thomas

Director of Engineering at Google Cloud

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