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Michele Sullivan

Michele Sullivan

Author of Looking Up (HarperCollins Leadership)

Former President of Caterpillar Foundation, A Top 50 Most Powerful Woman in U.S. Philanthropy

Michele Sullivan is the former President of Caterpillar Foundation, the philanthropy arm of heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Corporation that has contributed over 685 million dollars worldwide to alleviate poverty. Born a little person who had to endure many years of orthopedic surgeries and other challenges, Michele speaks regularly on the topics of equality, resilience, and empowerment. In October 2016, Michele shared her personal story at the TEDWomen Conference. The talk has since attracted over a million views.

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Keynote Lecture Topics

  • Inspiration, Empowerment, Motivation, Resilience
  • Live to Impact Others
  • Social Impact, Including The Power of Investing in Girls & Women
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Power of Collaboration & Partnership
  • Intersectionality by Diversity & Inclusion

Michele Sullivan travels from Washington, Illinois.


Looking Up

Praise for Looking Up

“Michele has the brain of a neurophysicist and a spirit the size of the sky.”

—Bono, U2

“Michele Sullivan’s beautiful book shows us that cultivating empathy and compassion for others can bring out the best in us. Her message is much needed at a time when so much human progress depends on connection and understanding.”

—Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org and OptionB.org

“Michele Sullivan has spent a lifetime dismantling assumptions and challenging traditional points of view–about both people and organizations.”

—Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg MP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City