With over 20 years of
professional experience in consulting, recruiting and career management leadership roles, Michelle partners with her clients, which range from early to mid-career professionals to achieve career success by tapping into the power of insightful self assessment, clarifying one's career goals and creating actionable job search strategies.
Michelle's passion for
career coaching was ignited during her time as an MBA student when she experienced
firsthand the diverse and sometimes conflicting messages MBAs get
about what is the "best" career for them. Through her own career choices, Michelle came to realize the importance of defining success by one's own standards and not by those of others, as well as the criticality of proactively defining and managing towards long term career goals.
Michelle graduated summa cum laude with an
undergraduate business degree from The Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania in 1991. Upon graduation, Michelle then spent 4 years at Information Resources, Inc. providing
market research and consulting services to consumer packaged goods clients. Michelle
went on to earn her MBA with honors in 1997 from the Booth School of Business at the
University of Chicago, and spent the next 5 years in the consulting industry,
working as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, and serving as the MBA
Recruiting Director of Deloitte Consulting's Chicago office, where she
evaluated and facilitated hiring decisions on hundreds of MBA candidates annually.
After spending a year as a stay-at-home
parent, Michelle returned to the workforce by joining The Wharton School's MBA Career Management team as the Career Advisor covering the Consulting and Public Interest sectors. Within three years, she was promoted to the leadership role of
Director, overseeing the 20+ member staff and full operations of the Wharton MBA Career Management office at the University of Pennsylvania. During her 4 year tenure as Director, she developed critical relationships and insights across a broad set of industry employers which allowed her to further hone her
career coaching and job search skills expertise. As the founder and CEO of Michelle Antonio Career Coaching, LLC, Michelle's
client list includes private clients as well as career management centers,
students and alumni of top MBA programs such as Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, and the University of Chicago.
Michelle currently resides in a northern suburb of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter and twin sons.