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 Speaker Michelle Poler

Michelle Poler

Co-Founder of Hello Fears, Social Entrepreneur & Creative Director

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    English, French, Spanish
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    New York, USA

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Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela, Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate fear facer, art director, branding strategist, public speaker, YouTuber, and social entrepreneur.

Early on in her career she worked as an Art Director at Young & Rubicam for brands such as Hershey’s, Wendy’s, AT&T and Revlon. In 2014 she moved to New York City to pursue a Masters in Branding at the School of Visual Arts.

In April 2015, Michelle embarked on a 100-day project that would change the course of her life. Born to a family of Holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York, she quickly realized that the “big apple” was not for the fearful. In order to rewrite her definition of fear and change her approach to life, Michelle decided to face 100 of her fears in a period of 100 days, uploading every experience to Youtube sharing them with the world.

At around day 40, the project was discovered by the media, becoming a viral phenomenon. Her work has been featured on CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fox News, Telemundo, Glamour, Elle, The Rachael Ray Show, Refinery29, and Daily Mail among many others. Celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, Zoey Deschanel, Lil Wayne and George Takei also shared Michelle’s project, generating millions of views.

Facing her fears took Michelle to a TEDx stage where she faced her 100th challenge. This decision marked the beginning of her speaking career. Since then, she has spoken at companies such as Google, Facebook, ESPN, Netflix, Microsoft, P&G, Bayer, Toyota, World Domination Summit, Festival of Media, Inbound, Operation Smile and many more. In 2017 she started speaking to the younger generation. Since then, she has been presenting at schools around the country and abroad encouraging students to become their bravest selves.

In 2016 Michelle founded Hello Fears, a social movement to make the world a braver place. Through a series of live events, online videos, podcast interviews, user generated content, merchandise and daily inspirational posts, Hello Fears empowers millions to step outside of the comfort zone and tap into their full potential.

Testimonials 7

  • SCAD was delighted to invite Michelle to address the SCAD Savannah Class of 2016 at the university’s commencement ceremony. She is a charismatic and high energy speaker with a gift for establishing instant rapport with audiences. Her curiosity, intellect, and optimism are sure to inspire her listeners to expand their horizons, visualize their goals, and find happiness – exactly as she has done.

    Savannah College of Art and Design

  • Michelle is an outstanding speaker. I’m extremely grateful we decided to bring her to our annual event. The audience loved her energy and authenticity. Her session scored a 4.8 (out of 5)! They could easily relate to her message in many levels and implement her advice and tools into their day to day. I would love to bring her to more of our events.

    P&G

  • Michelle’s presentation at Bayer provided insight to transform employees’ mindset and perspective of their fears, from not even considering taking action to thinking ‘What’s the best that can happen?’ Attendees also understood and learned the power in sharing their own experiences facing fears to encourage people around them to go after their own. Members of the WLI Workplace, Culture and Events team noted attendees continue to share their fear and new motivation to face them.

    Bayer

  • It was absolutely wonderful meeting Michelle and having her as one of our main stage speakers at TEDxHouston 2015.
    Her talk was tremendously inspiring and insightfully put together. She was beyond well prepared and poured her heart into her message; everything you would ever want from a presenter. I honestly can’t say enough good things about working with her as a TEDxHouston speaker. She’s a talented designer and brave woman.I look forward to following along on all of Michelle’s next adventures.

    Kara Gray

    Speaker Curator TEDx

  • It was wonderful meeting you in person and the event was a huge success because of your incredible talk – THANK YOU!! I did want to share the great news that your session scored a 4.9 (out of 5) and was raved about in feedback! You inspired and motivated all who had the privilege to hear you speak! We have heard nothing but positive feedback and I have a feeling you may be hearing from other Women@ Google chapters across our organization requesting you to speak at future events.

    Michelle Read and Michelle Polleta

    Women @ Google

  • Michelle delivered an exceptional keynote on her relationship with fear, growth, and ultimately herself at our women’s event. She is a true inspiration of seizing the day to live a full and compelling life that you can be proud of. We also needed to hear her story of a successful turnaround and DIY improvement to stay focused on the unification and progress of our community. The audience loved her content and her energy was a breath of fresh air. Big thanks for sharing your engaging and activating narrative. A remarkable speaker.

    Arielle Gross and Melissa Oppenheim

    Women @ Facebook New York Leaders

  • On May 25th, 2017, We hosted Israel Women Think Next event under the theme ‘Be The Best Version Of Yourself’. Women Think Next is an annual event focused on professional tech women, organized by Microsoft.

    I have been in contact with many speakers throughout the years but with Michelle we found a refreshing personal touch – from the first reach to her husband/manager, Adam. She accepted our invitation to come to Israel, especially for our event and gladly agreed adjust her talk to the specific audience. We appreciated the fact that she didn’t come only to her session slot, but she arrived to the event in advance to network, and stayed longer to answer the audience’s personal questions, which shows that she truly cares!

    The session was simply amazing. Around 150 tech female attendees listened, learned, laughed and danced! The impact was huge and everyone left with the courage to face a challenge in their lives. We even received applications of women interested in working at Microsoft who pointed out they gathered the courage to do so after hearing Michelle.

    I personally can’t wait to hear her again!

    Anat Kigel-Taub

    Talent Sourcer & Channel lead for Events at Microsoft

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