Michelle Madl-Soehren serves as Coordinator for the Small Business Initiative at NWTC. In October 2015, Michelle joined NWTC as a part-time instructor for the College of Business and a part-time Corporate Trainer. She was hired full time as a Small Business Development Consultant in February 2017, and in January, she took over the position of Coordinator. As the department lead, Michelle oversees the Small Business Initiative’s (SBI) programs, events, and networking groups.
The Small Business Initiative, which falls under the umbrella of NWTC’s Corporate Training & Economic Development division, serves as an educational resource for small businesses, owners, and entrepreneurs. They offer workshops in business plan development, business modeling, and marketing, and provide coaching in a variety of areas that directly impact the launch, growth, sustainability, and in some cases, succession planning for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Michelle believes that she has the best job in the world. “I get to help other people make their dreams come true. Sometimes that happens through working with them as a coach, and sometimes I see it come to fruition in a class or workshop,” she said.
Michelle received her BA in behavioral science from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and her MS in management & organizational behavior with an emphasis in adult education from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. She and her husband, Lance, have been married for 4 ½ years and share “fur-baby” responsibilities for their 2-year-old “pitsky” (pitbull/husky mix), Trigger. Michelle has four stepsons, three in Missouri where Lance is originally from, and one in Virginia Beach, VA. They also have 10 grandchildren!
In her free time, Michelle enjoys working in her garden, camping, fishing and going for walks with her dog. She also considers herself blessed to still be able to have “mommy & me” time with her 90-year-old mother, spending occasional Saturdays shopping and going to lunch together. In addition, Michelle leads two networking groups, the Velocity Group, which is peer-to-peer entrepreneur and small business owner mentoring, and weHub Women Entrepreneurs Roundtable, which is a networking group consisting of 10 to 12 positive, soul-driven entrepreneurial sisters.
Michelle’s accomplishments include designing and implementing professional and organizational development initiatives for business and industry throughout northeastern Wisconsin. She founded and served as Visionary Leader for the Northwoods Women in Business networking organization and led the coordination and launch of the Northwoods Women’s Business Conference. She has served on various boards throughout Wisconsin, including acting as the chairperson for Management Women’s Program Committee. In May, she will be graduating from the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Leadership Green Bay program.
An enrolled member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI, Michelle was recognized as a Native American Woman in Community Leadership by the Wisconsin Women of Color. She was also honored with the Urban Hope Entrepreneur Center’s “Women in Leadership” award. Most recently, Michelle led the coordination of the first annual N.E.W. Women’s Business Summit at NWTC’s Corporate Conference Center.
Michelle joined MW when she relocated to Green Bay in the summer of 2015. She wanted to find an organization that included like-minded women in leadership roles. She came across MW while scrolling through Facebook and found it was exactly what she was looking for. “Most importantly, I have gained some wonderful friendships through my membership. I love the networking as well as the fabulous speakers. I always take away some nugget of information to apply to my professional ‘tool box,’” Michelle said.
She adds, “Cultivating relationships to deliver exceptional results is what fuel’s my passion, dedicating the last 25 years of my life to “people development.” I pride myself on possessing the highest level of integrity and ethics in both my personal and professional life. With a proven track record for inspiring a positive attitude by tapping into my sense of humor and natural, God-given gifts of connecting, motivating, and teaching others, I thrive on helping with the development of people…coaching and mentoring others to reach their full potential.”