A descendant of The Rock Island Line, Michelle Dobbs’ professional experience spans working as an educator, consultant, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. She adds author to that list with the publication of her first novel, The Rock Island Line, Conversations Over Chicken and Dumplings.
Michelle is a veteran of Public Allies, Inc., whose mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation where she served as Vice President of Leadership Practice. At Public Allies, she designed leadership training curriculum that was later adopted nation-wide; recruited and coached teams of AmeriCorps members annually; and built a network of more than 100 public and private sector leaders to support development training for the next generation of non-profit leaders.
As a training and education consultant, she worked with clients to close performance gaps between managers and the teams they supervise, and assess and deliver organizational development initiatives.
As entrepreneur, she is managing partner of The Big Idea Group, which works with nonprofits nation-wide to deliver and implement learning interventions.
She has a degree in journalism from Howard University. She has studied in France and has taught French at Pre-College Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been guest lecturer at Carroll University and provided translation services.
She was winner of a seat at the Hurston Wright Foundation Writer’s Week and semifinalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and Regional Winner of Cover Girl Women at their Best Awards.
Michelle lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, Gregory, and their two daughters, Angelina and Asha.