S. Michele Nix has more than three decades of experience as an advisor, spokesperson and speechwriter for prominent leaders in government and industry.
Michele is currently an independent communications consultant and an Associate Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. She previously served as chief communications officer and spokesperson at Ridge Global, an international security consultancy led by Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she served as the chief speechwriter and senior public affairs official to DHS Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.
For eight years prior, Michele was a consultant,focusing on executive visibility, reputation management and speechwriting for prominent national and global figures. In previous positions, Michele was a senior corporate communications aide to the chairman of MCI and, before that, served on the White House speechwriting staff of the 41st President of the United States -- President George H. W. Bush.
She is the author/editor of Women at the Podium: Memorable Speeches in History, a landmark compendium of speeches by famous women in history, and is a regular speaker on the U.S. Presidency, U.S. politics, leaders and oratory, national security communications and women in leadership.
Michele holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University. She is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.