Guest Profile

Bonnie Michaels

Problem solving, uncovering options and adapting are the keys to Bonnie Michael's success. Having survived rheumatic fever, divorce, single parenting, career changes and financial difficulties, she uses her personal and professional experience to help others. As a work-life pioneer and expert, she has traveled the globe speaking and strategizing for individuals and businesses for over twenty-five years. Her expertise and global experience has made her a regular contributor on NPR, CNN, Lifetime TV, ABC TV, CBS Radio, and international media.

Armed with her many years of successful consulting, strategic expertise, and problem solving, she incorporates a holistic Sustainable Success Strategy that is published in the book, Upside: How to Zig When Life Zags Collage Books, 2010, co-authored with Allison Blankenship. Bonnie believes that there are always answers to difficult situations and options for finding the upside. Her motto is: "Although the future may feel uncertain, there are undiscovered opportunities waiting." She uses that motto to help others with the changing economic climate and its consequences. Upside helps individuals learn to survive in world of new realitiesthe not known.

Through Bonnie's firm, Managing Work & Family, Inc., she helps individuals solve work and family/personal life conflicts, sets up a customized Work-Life Company Programs, and assisting mangers to deal with the changing workforce. Her book, Solving the Work/Family Puzzle, has been used extensively by individuals and businesses.
Bonnie walks the talk to maintain her own balance. She & her husband took one suitcase each on a year-long renewal journey volunteering, studying Flamenco and experiencing alternative lifestyles. This life-changing journey is documented in the book, Journey of Work/Life Renewal: The Power to Recharge and Rekindle Passion in Your Life. This experience greatly influenced her current and more sustainable lifestyle on which she writes and speaks.

Bonnie combines first-hand knowledge, practical ideas and inspiration for her presentations. As a trained actress, she brings outstanding speaking skills to her many platform speeches and training programs. She has delivered hundreds of programs across the globe. Bonnie is passionate about the issues of sustainability and saving the natural environment and wildlife. As a local and national activist, she is on the executive board for Take Back Your Time and volunteers at the Conservancy of SW Florida, League of Women Voters, and environmental networks.