Michelle is Co-Founder of SHEEX, Inc., the world’s first performance fabric bedding company with globally patented technology. Inspired by the feel and breathability of athletic performance fabrics, Michelle and Co-Founder/CEO Susan Walvius shook up the bedding world in 2007 by inventing a whole new “Performance Home” category in home textiles. Their beachhead into the marketplace was performance fabric bed sheets; they have since expanded into an entire SHEEX Sleep System. In 2009, Michelle and Susan introduced SHEEX on stage at the highly touted Fortune’s Most Powerful Business Women Conference as ground-breaking, emerging entrepreneurs. In 2012, they were recognized by Ernst & Young as “Winning Women”, a prestigious honor celebrating the top female entrepreneurs in America.
Michelle made her entrepreneurial debut having already distinguished herself as one of the most outstanding point guards ever to play women’s basketball, starring at the University of Tennessee under the late-legendary coach Pat Summitt. As an Academic All-American and a fiery leader on the court, Michelle drove Tennessee to the 1995 and 1996 NCAA title games, as well as captained the National Championship team in 1996, and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. In 2012, Tennessee honored her extraordinary basketball career and contributions to UT women’s athletics by inducting her into the Lady Vol Hall of Fame. Post-collegiate career, the former unanimous National High School Player of the Year and 10-year veteran of USA Basketball, spent six years as a professional basketball player, completing her career with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm in 2002. Michelle stepped into the coaching arena in 2003 as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, where she inked back-to-back top 10 nationally ranked recruiting classes.
Given her entrepreneurial skills, Michelle has become a highly sought-after speaker and panelist. She serves on the Board of the Pat Summitt Foundation and voluntarily performed many of the late-Summitt’s speaking engagements while her former coach battled early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Michelle serves as an Advisory Board member of Ernst & Young’s Women Athletes Business Network, and is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders.