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Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, to a family of Holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York to pursue a Masters in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Michelle quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful.
In efforts to rewrite her definition of fear, Michelle set out to face 100 fears in 100 days. Halfway into the journey, the project was discovered by media and became an instant viral phenomenon.
Michelle completed her hundreth challenge on a TEDx stage. This helped her turn a personal project into a global movement, allowing her to quit her job as an art director in advertising to pursue her passion.
Michelle discovered that inspiring others to go after their fears was her new calling. She is now touring the world speaking at companies, schools, and organizations—teaching audiences how to step outside their comfort zones as a way to tap into their full potential.
She is also the founder of Hello Fears, a platform aimed at making the world a braver place through a mix of live events, video series, podcast interviews, user-generated content, and daily inspirational posts.