Michelle Stacy Profile

Michelle Stacy has been the driving force behind the international multi-million dollar growth of Proctor & Gamble, Gillette, and Keurig. An influential leader in product development, P&L, and sales and marketing, Michelle has spurred innovation and long-term business success through asking “Is it possible?” rather than “Is it profitable?”

During her 25 years at Gillette, including its acquisition by P&G, her smart planning and wise management helped expand markets worldwide. As Vice-president of the Marketing, Grooming, and Personal Care Department, she impacted product development of the Oral-B dental care line and the Gillette series shaving products, overseeing more than 1.4 billion dollars in sales annually.

As President of Keurig, Michelle led her team to transform the way consumers prepare coffee, increasing sales of the company’s single-coffee serve system at a CAGR of 61% and positioning Keurig as a well-known household brand. The considerable financial achievement and growth of the company was greatly attributed to Michelle’s talent for fostering a positive work culture; in fact during her tenure there, Keurig was deemed one of “The Top Ten Places to Work” in the state of Massachusetts two years in a row.

Today Michelle shares her experiences in leadership, innovation, strategy, and life work balance with multiple companies and young leaders. She is currently an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard University.

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    Michelle is a senior leader with the consistent ability to run and scale businesses, and a commitment to creating world class cultures by developing and articulating a clear vision that ignites the organization to deliver innovation, drives P&L focused top line growth, and builds powerful global brand franchises.

    She creates forward thinking vision and executable plans that have driven strong growth at Gillette, P&G and Keurig by leveraging the combination of new product innovation, acquisition, ecommerce/social media, brand building, and overall excellence in marketing and sales execution. Of tremendous value has been her operational expertise across all functional areas including manufacturing, R&D, procurement, distribution and IT, and her ability to create a positive and focused culture that delivers both financial results and a commitment to a higher purpose.

    Michelle is currently on the Board of Directors of iRobot Corp, Tervis Tumbler Company and Young Innovations Inc.; a Director Advisor to The Cambridge Group (a AC Nielson Company); the Expert in Resident at the Harvard Innovation Lab and is a professional speaker on leadership, innovation and Women’s Leadership.

    In her previous position, Michelle was President of KEURIG, INC., a $2 billion division of Keurig Green Mountain [NASDAQ: GMCR], where she had full P&L leadership with direct reports in all functional areas, and directed marketing and operations of all products across all sales channels, including management of the business partnership network. During her five year tenure, Keurig’s single serve coffee system grew from 2+ to 16+ Million installed households delivering a CAGR of 61% in net sales and 74% in operating income and propelling total GMCR sales from $493 million in revenue in 2008 to $4.3 Billion revenue for FY 2013. Her commitment to leadership, sustainability, and culture resulted in Keurig being elected to the top 10 places to work in Massachusetts two times.

    Prior to joining Keurig, Michelle had a successful 25 year career with GILLETTE including the
    PROCTER & GAMBLE acquisition of Gillette in 2005. In her last role at P&G, she was Vice President & General Manager Global Profession – Oral Care where she directed the Global Professional activities for the Crest and Oral-B brands, led 700 people in 70+ countries, oversaw $220MM in net sales, delivered over $20MM in cost reduction and integration efficiency, and created a highly efficient global organization structure. Her previous positions at Gillette included Vice President, Global Business Management-Oral-B, Profession and Kids Oral Care, leading the global management and development of the kids business and the B2B Professional business; and Vice President, Global Business Management – Manual Oral Care, overseeing global business planning focused on product development and international market expansion including the launch of Oral-B Pulsar.

    Previous leadership roles at Gillette included Vice President, Global Business Management-Stationery Products Division at Parker & Waterman, providing global general management and new product innovation, and participating in the divestiture team negotiating the Rubbermaid acquisition in 2000; Vice President of Marketing, Grooming and Personal Care with net sales >$1.4 Billion, including the Launch of Gillette Mach3 in the USA.

    Michelle started her career in product management at CLAIROL and RICHARDSON-VICKS.

    She received her Masters in Management from J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at
    Northwestern University, her B.S. from Dartmouth College.

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Michelle Stacy's Speech Descriptions

A strong leader who has led break-through innovation at three world class companies, Michelle Stacy teaches key strategies and habits to optimize and inspire an organization’s most valuable resource: its employees. Bringing solid content with a personable delivery style, Michelle quickly builds repoire with her audience, giving them a first-hand understanding of just how indispensable humanity and social skills are in the workplace.

Her practical presentations will give you and your organization new insights into leadership, teamwork, and how you view your coworkers in day-to-day situations, paving the way for your organization to garner strength and growth as you learn how to come together with greater purpose and compassion for each other.


Balance, Hidden Stars, and Apples: What I Learned Over Coffee

The only “things” within an organization that can CREATE are its people. Only people can generate growth because only people can innovate.
Yet, employees are the most undervalued, under-motivated resources. WHY? Because most leaders let their employees become disengaged.
A leader’s ability to generate employee engagement is a skill that is critical to creating positive business results.
Michelle’s talk will outline simple skills that leaders can develop in order to build a fully engaged team.

10 Lessons Leaders Learn from Michelle

1. Why it’s essential to be yourself (and how to do it!)
2. How to balance 6 key components of leadership
3. How to build a personal leadership statement
4. Why “seeing the apple” is important when listening to opinions
5. How to create engagement by bringing out “the star” in everyone
6. How to build a powerful mission & value statement and bring it to life
7. What you do, and how you do it, creates the culture
8. What it means to “listen for greatness” from others
9. The importance of the middle to drive business results
10. How to use the Corporate Mission to create employee engagement and shareholder value


Keurig, Gillette Mach 3, and Oral-B: 5 Strategies That Transform Innovation

Michelle brings her expertise in building strong-growth businesses, like Keurig and Oral-B, to other companies. This year she will be an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab at Harvard University.

5 Strategies that Transform Innovation: Keurig, Gillette Mach3 and Oral-B

In Michelle’s keynote speech on Strategy and Innovation, she begins with insight into building a strong strategic vision and culminates with strategies to create exciting innovation prospects.

Strategic Vision and Planning
Creating a Mission and Vision
Building an OGSM (objectives, goals, strategies and measures)
Planning and managing growth
Sustainable Innovation
Transformational Innovation: getting the most from innovation
Building an innovation culture, capabilities and resources
Identifying and leveraging your consumers


My Career Journey: Balance, Leadership, and Personal Choices

Michelle was a member of one of the first classes of women to attend Dartmouth College, and from that moment continued to be a trail blazer. Over the last 35 years, she has balanced both a successful career and a successful marriage. Together, Michelle and her husband, Bud, have raised two children who are now adults and forging their way in their own careers.

Along the way, Michelle has managed many of the challenging balancing acts and trade-offs that one experiences during life’s journey.

In Michelle’s keynote speech on Women’s Leadership, you will learn how to consider the “Right Choices” for your life and career, and may even have a laugh or two as she shares stories about her colorful journey that has been fully enjoyed!

5 Insights:
1. It’s about making choices
2. It’s not a straight road; be prepared for bumps
3. Making the most of the bumps
4. 7 things that make “the dual career” easier
5. Don’t measure yourself on anyone else’s time schedule

Michelle Stacy on Speaking

Leadership is tough work, and so I encourage people to think about that line that explains why they come to work and what they get from their work.

SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn/take away from your presentations?

STACY: I try to give people 4-5 tips to help them become better leaders. A few of these center on listening for greatness, being aware of how we show up, and motivating the middle. Usually I talk about building your own personal leadership statement. We all have our 2-minute elevator speech about what we do; this defines what we do, but not who we are. Leadership is tough work, and so I encourage people to think about that line that explains why they come to work and what they get from their work.

SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event?
How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?

STACY: I always like to meet with the organizers to understand what they want the group to get from my presentation. Then I can tailor the speech and slides to match the outcome they are looking for. I always make sure I give the organizers some options on the topics they want me to cover to make sure the message fits their culture.

SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?

STACY: I have been very lucky and haven’t had any unusual situations happen on the road. I always leave lots of room, particularly in the winter, to make sure I arrive on time. This helps me keep my stress level low.

My son recently engaged me to come speak at an event for his work. My husband decided to come with me and make it a weekend visit with my son. I couldn’t understand why I was more nervous than usual. And then it hit me: I just knew that if anything went wrong, it would be the story at many a family gathering for years to come. Luckily they were both proud of me and I haven’t heard any stories or been teased yet!

If a group believes in continuous learning, I believe they will take away something from my talk.

SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

STACY: I have spoken to all different sorts of groups from Banking and IT to Consumer Products. Also I have spoken at Leadership Development Conferences and Universities. I try to tailor the message to the group. If a group believes in continuous learning, I believe they will take away something from my talk. And I have to say, I truly enjoy speaking with women’s groups about building careers and work life balance.

SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites?

STACY: I am not sure I have a favorite…They are all a bit different. Innovation is such a relevant topic currently. This talk is a bit more business focused and has a bit less humor. Leadership is so important, too. I love the message and the fact that this side of leadership – authentic and transparent – is so needed in business. These two talks combine the head part of business – getting results and the heart side of business – creating a great culture through leadership.

Finally, speaking on career and work life balance is personal and it shares a part of me and my values. It’s very funny – a few weeks ago, a client couldn’t figure out which talk they wanted me to give so they asked me to try to package all three into a single one hour talk. It still needs a bit more refinement, but it did work so that might become my favorite keynote!

I feel I have a few messages that are worth sharing. In some ways, it’s my way to give back at this stage in my life.

SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?

STACY: I feel I have a few messages that are worth sharing. In some ways, it’s my way to give back at this stage in my life. I was a good business speaker; I did have to learn how to bring in the humor and entertainment side of speaking while staying true to my business roots.

SPEAKING.COM: How do you keep your audience engaged and actively listening during your keynotes? Do you use case studies, personal stories and/or in your speeches?

STACY: Each keynote is a bit different. The Innovation Keynote has two or three case studies depending on the time. Between them I try to close with a few fun stories. The Leadership and Career talks have many stories that have come from my personal experiences. Exclusive Interview with Michelle Stacy
Full Engagement Leadership, with Michelle Stacy
In this interview, Michelle Stacy discusses:
  • The strategies she used to create one of the most engaged work forces in the country.
  • "Stepping back" to lead better.
  • How to skillfully scale your business when its growth exceeds your expectations.
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  • "Employees want to believe that their work can make an impact on the company."
    - Michelle Stacy

    What People are Saying about Seeing Michelle Speak

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    “Michelle’s insights on developing a culture of organizational engagement provoked discussions that lasted long after the end of her keynote speech. Her command of the topic and her experience as a CEO made the lessons she shared less about theory and more about the real and tangible impact for a successful business. She captured the audience with genuine style and powerful storytelling. She brought the topic to life by translating it into meaningful insights for the audience.”
    -EVP, iRobot Corporation

    “I found Michelle to be an engaging speaker with a great message. She clearly earns the attention of her audience much like she earns the trust and confidence of her teams. It’s easy to see why she has been so successful in her work.”
    – VP of Development/Chief Development Officer at United Way MBMV

    “Michelle’s powerful points about the importance of both leadership and compassion in the workplace moved me. She cares for both her colleagues and the community; I am honored to partner with her to help move United Way’s work forward.”
    – Director of Donor Engagement, United Way MBMV

    “Michelle delivered a powerful presentation to Ropes & Gray’s Women’s Forum, whose members include women attorneys from the firm’s six U.S. offices. She offered valuable insights about how she was able to advance professionally while balancing an equally busy personal life. Our attorneys found Michelle to be inspiring, engaging and candid.”
    – Partner, Ropes & Gray

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