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Michelle DeSouza

Project Coordinator, Brand & Partnerships

HBA

There is power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there is grace in being willing to know and hear others.

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Michelle DeSouza
Resilience
Leadership
Culture

I am a firm believer in the powerful influence and transformative nature of a well-communicated, highly captivating story. Not only does such engagement and communication further understanding and foster collaboration, but it also encourages the reflective work needed to reveal purpose. Storytelling provides the space to discover authenticity and spark energy; to seek out motivation and inspiration while simultaneously motivating and inspiring others; to identify the purposes that choose us, and to navigate paths towards choosing them in return. I continuously aspire to choose storytelling as it has chosen me.

As a graduate from the University of Toronto’s Criminology and Ethics, Society & Law programs, Michelle has seized many opportunities that have allowed her to finesse and fine-tune her leadership and storytelling abilities.

Her academic degree, focused on legal theory and practice, social injustice, and the complexities within criminal institutions, has equipped her with the ability to conduct thorough, accurate and detailed research. She knows how to represent data using both quantitative and qualitative metrics, and communicates holistic findings with precision, clarity and creativity. Her senior thesis on “promoting inclusion without obligation” – specifically how racialized and gendered exclusion within the legal profession could effectively be challenged without the weight of obligation placed on gendered and racialized professionals themselves - speaks to her steadfast interest and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusion. It reveals her desire to listen, engage with, and allow for the articulation of as many ideas, stories, perspectives and lived experiences as possible.

Michelle has dedicated the majority of her life to the performing arts. In addition to 10+ years of training in multiple instruments and genres of dance, she graduated high school with a major in dance artistry. Over the course of her 3-year Varsity captaincy, she has coached over 40 dancers, choreographed and directed a variety of shows and performances, collaborated with artists and stakeholders to design and market team branding, and assisted in the establishment of arts-based community outreach programs. She strives to bring her energetic passion, aesthetic creativity, and bold curiosity to every team she works with.

Michelle DeSouza

She/Her/Hers

Resilience
Leadership
Culture
On the Personal Side

Proud supporter of all Performing Arts/ Foodie / True Crime Enthusiast / Family & Friends as Foundation

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