About the speaker

Michelle is the Executive Director of Innovation at King & Wood Mallesons and is responsible for the design and delivery of both the innovation and transformation strategies and portfolios. This includes legal service design, digital strategy, the application of artificial intelligence, future-readiness and innovation thought leadership. Michelle also leads KWM’s Digital Transformation strategy and execution, which includes the unique partnership with UQ.

Michelle is passionate about efficiency and change that adds value, she is a serial intrapreneur. Over the last 20 years, Michelle has grown a robust global network of clients and contacts where she has been able to execute many ideas into impact successfully.  Michelle lives by the mantra “everything is possible” and practices a management style that integrates decades of proven innovation experience for her clients. Michelle’s down-to-earth approach ensures not only her clients are at ease, but also empowers the industry colleagues she mentors.

Her career has included many first-to-market initiatives, and she has received many awards and accolades. In global recognition of her market-leading work in 2013, Michelle was one of the first Australians inducted as a Fellow to the International College of Law and Practice Management. In 2017 she was awarded by her peers the International Legal Technology Association Distinguished Peer Leadership Award.

Michelle has a diverse and unique knowledge base, where she combines her strategy and business management with numerous disciplines.  Including she is an Accredited Associate Fellow of AIM, an experienced legal technologist, a certified Prince 2 Project Manager, a certified Prosci Change Manager, a Stanford d.school Design Thinker as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Michelle also holds several Advisory Board appointments for MIT and global legal technology companies.

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