Michelle Diamond is the CEO of Elevate Diamond Strategy, a growth strategy and execution advisory and interim executive firm. With 25+ years of experience in strategy, general management, marketing, finance, go-to-market, audit, M&A, and operations, she has worked on Board and C-Suite issues for 65 companies ranging from startup to Fortune 50 in 31+ industries. She holds an MBA from Duke University and a BS from Morgan State University.
Why you should book Michelle Diamond for your next event
- Michelle Diamond has extensive experience and expertise in helping high growth companies scale, scenario planning, and developing and implementing diverse and innovative growth strategies.
- She has a wide range of industry experience, and can speak on a wide range of topics.
- She is a highly accomplished professional and has held various positions on boards and C-suites for 65 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.
Michelle Diamond, CEO of Elevate Diamond Strategy, a growth strategy and execution advisory and interim executive firm recognized by Forbes NEXT 1000, Entrepreneur Magazine, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Inc, Los Angeles Business Journal,, and other leading publications, has 25+ years’ strategy, general management, marketing, finance, go-to-market, audit, M&A, and operations experience.
She has strong expertise in helping high growth companies scale, scenario planning, and in developing, evaluating, and implementing diverse, yet innovative growth strategies, strategic plans, and go-to-market initiatives for acceleration and long-term value creation, leading mergers and acquisitions (pre and post), identifying where to invest and then capitalizing on market opportunities through competitive advantage and differentiation, and in turnarounds/restructuring to optimize costs and overall profitability, for both domestic and global organizations.
Michelle is an expert, executive, and entrepreneur who has worked on Board and C-Suite issues for 65 companies ranging from startup, early/growth stage, small/mid-cap, private equity/venture capital, to Fortune 50 in 31+ industries including CIGNA, Colgate-Palmolive, Elsevier, MetLife, Daimler, DEKRA, NRG, and Club Med – to name a few.
Her industry experience includes Automotive, Broadcasting (Television & Radio), Cable, Chemical, Consulting, Consumer Products, Dental, Distribution, Education, Electronics Distribution, Energy, Event, Financial Services, Food, Government, Health Insurance, Human Resources, Insurance, Medical Device, Music, Nonprofit, Packaging, Pharmaceutical Distribution, Printing, Private Equity/ Venture Capital, Professional Services, Publishing, Renewable Energy, Retail, Software, Technology, Travel, and Vision.
Prior to Elevate Diamond Strategy, Michelle worked for CIGNA, where she was the creator and Head, Competitive Intelligence for the $1B+ Group Insurance Division. Prior to that role, Michelle oversaw CIGNA’s $20M Printing & Distribution business (100+ employees), was Manager of Strategy for Accenture, and in Mergers & Acquisitions and assurance Advisory and Business Services at Ernst & Young LLP. She also held various financial roles at Colgate- Palmolive Company and Citibank, and was selected for Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble camps.
Michelle holds an MBA from Duke University, a BS from Morgan State University (Summa Cum Laude), and attended Wharton Executive Education. She is also a nonpracticing Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Michelle is a former Board President and has led efforts and volunteered for the United Way, March of Dimes, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Habitat for Humanity. She was a speaker and facilitator for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Year Up, INROADS, Renaissance Executive Forums, EY, and other leading organizations, a frequent podcast guest, winning game show contestant, and growth expert on radio shows Accelerating Your BusinessTM (creator and host), Executive Leaders Radio, and The Marketing of Business.
She is also the author of the book, 10-Step Guide To Creating Your Own Growth Strategy For Your Company.
On her own since the age of 16, Michelle currently resides in Beverly Hills, and enjoys sports, dance, entertaining, and travel (domestically and internationally).
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