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Michelle Poler      

Passionate Social Entrepreneur, Fear-Facer & Branding Strategist, Creator of 100 Days Without Fear

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, fear-facer, and branding strategist.

She is the founder of Hello Fears, a social movement that has reached over 70 million people worldwide and has empowered thousands to step outside of the comfort zone and tap into their full potential. She has been invited to speak at places such as TEDx, Google, Yum Brands, Facebook, Wells Fargo, ESPN, Netflix, Procter and Gamble, Microsoft, Toyota, and many more.

Poler is also the creator of the project 100 Days Without Fear. Her work has been featured on prominent outlets including The TODAY Show, Forbes, CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fox News, Telemundo, Glamour, Elle, The Rachael Ray Show, Refinery29, and the Daily Mail.

Poler is the author of the bestselling book "Hello, Fears" and host of the Spanish podcast "Desde El Avión" (From The Plane) along with her husband, Adam Stramwasser.

Early on in her career, she worked as an Art Director at Young & Rubicam for brands such as Hershey’s, Wendy’s, AT&T and Revlon. Poler speaks Spanish and English fluently and holds a Masters in Branding from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Speech Topics

Fear Less, Do More

A talk that will change your perception of fear and inspire you to take action.

Michelle’s humorous, refreshing and inspiring speaking style has been captivating audiences across the globe. With authentic storytelling, engaging visuals and her 100 Days Without Fear experience, Michelle will show you how to challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential.

In this fun and energizing session, you will learn about:

  • Dealing with the unknown / embracing change
  • Seeking GROWTH over SAFETY
  • Leading with accountability
  • Daring to fail
  • The difference between FEARLESS leaders and BRAVE leaders
  • Highlighting our authenticity
  • The REAL enemy of success (not failure)
  • The difference between universal, cultural and personal fears
  • How to trigger our Behavioral Activation System
  • Redefining fear, from obstacle to opportunity

Michelle uncovered that our needs not only motivate us, but they also limit us. By learning how to prioritize and negotiate with our needs, we open a world of opportunities.

Unapologetically You — Tap into your creative genius and unleash your authentic self

“Tapping into the white space” is an industry term often used in advertising and branding. The white space is the future waiting to take shape. It's untapped territory. It's what no one else is doing—either because they’re too worried about fitting in, or because they’d rather play it safe and stick to what’s proven. New territories call for courage and authenticity. But marketers aren’t the only ones who can tap into the white space – anyone can. Michelle takes audiences on an eye-opening journey to discover their own authenticity and how to use their gifts to drive innovation, for themselves and their organizations. Using real-world examples from her own adventure as a branding strategist turned successful speaker, author, and entrepreneur, she shows us all that you don’t necessarily need to face 100 fears, in order to become more pioneering. Attendees will walk away with several aha moments, renewed confidence in their personal creativity, and a blueprint to infuse more innovation into their work and lives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Look beyond the obvious to find “white spaces” and areas for growth
  • Understand what makes you remarkable to clarify the values and tone of your personal brand
  • Align how you feel with how your act to strengthen authenticity
  • Contrast instead of comparing yourself to others or the status quo
  • Use storytelling to authentically communicate your message

Hello Future: Grow Through Dirt & Rewrite Your Story

“Throw dirt at me and watch me bloom.” — Frida Kahlo

Just like flowers grow through dirt, humans grow through challenges. But growth is a choice. We can choose to water ourselves and bloom, or become the victims of our story and dry out. In this talk, Michelle will inspire your audience to:

  • Embrace and even welcome change
  • Turn obstacles into opportunities
  • Go from anxiety to action
  • Find purpose in the midst of chaos
  • Rewrite their story and become their own hero
  • Through personal storytelling, insightful exercises, and actionable tools, Michelle will lead your audience on a journey through resilience and re-invention, that will change their mindset and build their confidence to land stronger on the other side of this health and economic crisis we’re all living through.

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