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Michele Risa

Michele Risa

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I’m Michele Risa and I’m the Founder and CEO of Collaborative Solutions. I’m committed to living a magnificent life and guiding those daring to do the same. It’s time to move beyond the past, beyond the limited self and conditions that have become habitual. It’s time to create yourself- from where you are to who you are meant to be.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

It was maybe my third event and I was moving about the room, introducing myself and chatting with new faces when I heard, “Hi, Michele!” I turned to see a familiar face, Robin Vetere, smiling ear to ear as is her special state of being. After a few minutes, a raffle was being announced. Robin said, “Oh, I wish I would have known.” We then heard, “The winner is Robin Vetere!” (She forgot she entered.) One of her winnings was a free Innovator membership. She looked at me, “Are you a member?” “No.” Without missing a beat, she said, “I am, so take this!”

Thus began my experience of the generous, supportive nature of Ellevate members, which continues to grow and grow. How I can support you?

How would you define your professional mission?

My professional mission supports my personal mission: To be the best human- moment by moment, to experience inner freedom which translates into outer freedom, and to manifest my dreams while enabling ALL of us to flourish and thrive.

It’s time to do something different. The countless leadership courses have not yet produced the needed quantum leap of awakening and societal transformation. Together, my clients and I will rebirth our highest potential by reinventing how we practice and grow.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Courage, compassion, love, gratitude for this precious life, and a commitment to life.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

Throughout much of my life, when I arrived at “I can’t take this anymore,” crossroad, I have used it to leap. For example, I left Citibank with no job but a burning desire to discover the contents of my heart. I share the journey in a 2 1/2 minute video on YouTube. Though I wasn’t chosen, that’s not stopping me.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Hearing how my guidance has enabled clients to be “free,” to shift from victim to empowered, from blaming relationships to flipping their perspective and enhancing relationships, and from just surviving to living with purpose and making their unique difference in the world.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

My big audience goal is to reach 3.5% or 245 million of us humans by launching leaders who must and can leap their company into a conscious, sustainable, purpose driven culture, which multiplies and ripples prosperity enabling ALL of us to thrive.

To be blessed by life and be a blessing to life.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I don’t experience my job as a job. I don’t experience what I do as work. I celebrate every step of learning and growth, every insight, every time I get back up, and every thank you along the way.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

I uncover obstacles to problem-solving, offer insights to open the heart, share loving approaches to healing, inspire courage and commitment to life and illuminate the new way of transforming reality through an efficient, practical approach to accomplishing goals and realizing dreams.

What does success look like to you?

Success is being proud of who I am, bringing out the very best I am now. Success is overcoming challenges with grit, grace and gratitude. Success is walking the talk. Success is being a hero. Success is leaving a legacy that benefits millions OR knowing I did my best. Success is believing in me and the infinite potential of us all.

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