VP of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
ManuLife and John Hancock
Michelle is responsible for the end to end vision and strategy to curate, implement and execute the Global Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) agenda. Her scope of work covers, Manulife/John workforce, workplaces, local communities, and their wider marketplace efforts, just to name a few. Prior to joining Manulife/John Hancock, Taylor-Jones spent 12+years at Dell Technologies as a key Diversity and Inclusion Leader focused on developing and leading strategic agenda and relationships with key
internal and external partners in support of Dell’s broader D&I efforts. All efforts were aimed at attracting, developing and retaining underrepresented talent while also promoting Dell’s brand externally with diverse candidates, customers, suppliers, and entrepreneurs through strategic programs, sponsorships and customized initiatives that reinforces ethnic and cultural empowerment.
Michelle has over 21 years of experience as an executive leader in Small Business Banking, Talent Management, Executive Recruiting, and Diversity and Inclusion, at various Fortune 100 and 500 Companies. Michelle has numerous honors, most recently recognized for her outstanding work of supporting women by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), she was awarded NAFE 2019 Woman of Excellence, as Diversity Innovator. Her other honors include: The Network Journal Magazine as one of “25 Most Influential Women in Business” she is a sought-after speaker and has been featured on numerous panels and publications.
Michelle is the co-founder of Black Women of Influence (BWOI), a New York Based organization for Mid-Executive Level Multicultural Women, she belongs to the Executive Board of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, an organization that provides hope and healing for children experiencing trauma and violence , but She is most proud of her tireless efforts as an advocate against violence of women and children globally.
She Authored her first book, “Sonnets from My Soul,” a collection of inspirational poetry published as a gift to her children, Alyssa and Tyler.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill