“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”
Ghee is a transformational leader that has generated over $1B in revenue while working for some of the most powerful media companies in the world including EBONY and Jet, EBONY Studios, WME, CNN, A&E, The History Channel, and BET Networks. While at BET, Michele created and ran the first and only network for Black women: BETHer.
Ghee has received many awards and accolades over her thirty-year TV and digital career including: Multichannel News Wonder Woman, Working Mother of the Year Award, The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, and The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award, to name a few.
Ghee has authored three books and is a highly sought-after public speaker.
Ghee graduated college at 31 and was later honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Golden Gate University.
She resides in New Jersey with husband, Tony, and kids, Taylor and Jordan.
Awards and Honors
Books by Michele
Michele Thornton Ghee urges women to get strategic—actually, she calls it Stratechic. She believes women are innate strategists that use most of their time and focus taking care of others. Thornton encourages women to use a portion of that energy towards developing a personal life plan. With her proven 10-step framework, Thornton helps every woman be more Stratechic and reclaim the power they naturally possess. Stratechic is a must read for every woman striving to live her best life.
From the first page to the last, readers aren’t simply told what to do, they are given useful tools on why and how to accomplish each goal. Throughout the book, Michele reminds the reader, If you don’t set expectations, nothing will happen.
Every Stratechic has had a life-changing moment of clarity. A moment when her spirit stills, her mind sharpens and her inner voice gives expression to the reality of her situation. My moment of clarity happened several years ago after I’d started working for a large entertainment company. My new manager called me into his office and politely told me I was hired even though one of my references had advised, “Michele is not the best person for the job.” I was stunned given each of my references had assured me they would provide glowing recommendations. That was my pivotal moment of clarity. Although one of my references had stated what I wanted to hear, his actions had never shown sincere support or partnership. He was slow to return my calls and had a pattern of canceling our meetings. I was oblivious to an obvious truth and my blind spot almost caused me to get blindsided! The 10-step Stratechic framework starts with Self-Awareness because being a Stratechicmeans knowing who is fighting for you and who may be fighting against you.
Are you Successful? If yes, by whose definition? If not, same question. Michele Thornton Ghee is tired of trying to live up to other people’s standards of success and instead challenged herself, and now us, to make it personal. Whether you are a billionaire, postal worker, teacher, hotel receptionist, or young entrepreneur trying to make ends meet, your success is not determined by power, money, or even recognition. Instead, it is linked to the fulfillment of setting and achieving your goals.
SUCCESS: On Your Terms pulls back the layers to reveal what is most important-YOU! Thornton Ghee offers a masterful framework filled with intention and action destined to take you from where you are to where you ultimately want to be. Starting with a commitment to yourself, each component reminds readers to shed the expectations and rules of others and return to the most fundamental truth-that what you want matters.