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Michèle Newton is a renowned communicator turned speaker, advocate and educational consultant, driving inclusion and belonging. Building inclusion from a bi-racial perspective, Michèle’s bold, forward-thinking approach provides clients and audiences with a new lens on inclusion and diversity. 

Featured Keynotes

"Fitting Out" - the Journey to Inclusion

 

Spearheading the “Fit Out” movement by sharing her back to Black experience, Michèle Newton activates her audiences to become more inclusive by sharing her personal experiences growing up bi-racial.

Michèle celebrates and validates her intersectionality and Black lived experiences through Our Mosaic Lives™, her personal journey to inclusion. She explores the intersection of being a woman, Black and bi-racial, of belonging and fitting "out" vs "in". Through storytelling, Michèle explores her relationship to Black history and culture, and to Black women and girls, from a personal growth perspective that she calls “Back to Black”. 

With an authentic presence and dynamic delivery, Michèle Newton is all about accepting who you are and fueling change through hope.

 

The Power of Better Together

 

Michèle Newton’s lived experience as a bi-racial woman led her to feel unheard and out of place in her own skin. Finding strength in her individuality, she adopted a “better together” philosophy, bringing to light the need for inclusion and belonging for all. 

 

Michèle became an activist and community changemaker. Guided by her “better together” philosophy - growing relationships, nurturing collaborations, and facilitating partnerships- she began work to strengthen her community. Through her lived experiences,  Michèle shares her approach to social change. 

 

Focusing on the intersectional experience, Michèle invites every attendee to come as they are to create an environment of belonging. Through her raw and powerful storytelling, she moves audiences to action. 

Activism for Social Change

 

With the pillars of her work rooted in achieving togetherness and belonging, Michèle’s mission is to unite her local community, municipalities, cities, companies and beyond. Carving out space that has never existed, Michèle is determined to create communities where young women like her daughter will have space to authentically exist and belong.  

Michèle shares her approach to social change through her biracial, Black lived experiences. Starting at the beginning, she frames her keynote with her personal background, motivations and catalysts for the movement. Michèle explores the opposition and challenges encountered along the way and wraps up by inspiring  social change through her call to action.

Michèle does not just tell her story, but rolls up her sleeves and continues to do the work to end exclusion. Michèle’s long-term vision and passion for connection makes her the ideal mentor for the younger generation. 

Educational Workshops

Michèle's educational workshops and sessions are grounded in her Black-lived experiences and focused on building equity, inclusion and belonging (more): 

  • Inclusive Communications 

  • Anti-Racism - Transforming to Action 

  • Customized Professional Development 

 

Additional Appearances

Key to sharing her experiences and amplifying voices, Michèle regularly makes additional appearances as a: 

  • Panelist

  • Moderator and Facilitator

  • Host and Interviewer

 

Testimonials

 
Benevity
Michele Newton Speaker - Expert - Advocate for inclusion - guest Georgian College class Ju
Our Mosaic Lives Community Conversations w Titi Akinsanmi Feb 2020 photo Snapd Barrie 4
Michele Newton joins You Me We Panel in Counscious Conversation DEI
BLM its a movement Michele Newton on Community Conversations Oct 2020
Michele Newton of PMJ Inc talks inclusiv
Michele Newton guest speaker Municipal C
Georgian College Michele Newton panelist
Bradford Today Panel - Jan 31 2020
We Are Here - Orillia Black History Mont
Art Engagement Project Bradford Topic Simcoe Com  2 Feb 2020

Gillian Davies
Director, Organization Development, Culture & Learning

Michèle Newton, thank you for sharing such an inspiring story of your journey on Back to Black with our people at Benevity! You gave us such a personal and powerful perspective on being Black, what it means to you, the challenges you overcame and the intersectionality of your experiences. Your journey resonated with so many of us and we received such an overwhelming response of gratitude from our Benevity-ites for the time with you! We would love to have you back again.

Eleanor Alexander, Teacher & Department Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities

Innisdale Secondary School

"It has been my pleasure, in my role as teacher at Innisdale Secondary School, to host presentations delivered by Michèle Newton and I would strongly recommend Ms. Newton to other educators, including administrators, as a resource person on issues related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  

Ms. Newton's presentation skills demonstrate her experience as a polished communications professional. She inspired and educated my students as she shared information about her work." 

Madelaine Khan

Professor

Michèle's enthusiastic storytelling kept my students engaged while simultaneously challenging them to think critically about their surroundings and implicit biases - this resonated with my students, as many of them shared that they related to her story and stayed after class to speak to her. I would absolutely recommend inviting Michèle to share her work with anyone looking to bring conversations about diversity and/or the power of community change into their classroom!

Past Talks and Presentations

2021

Keynotes COMING UP:

Keynote speaker:

  • My Back to Black Journey for Benevity, Inc.

  • My Back to Black Journey for University Women of Barrie

  • My Back to Black Journey for Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)

  • Activism for Social Change for SCDSB

  • Introduction to Anti-Black Racism for SCDSB/Making Change

Presenter and facilitator:

  • Anti-Racism and Inclusive Communication Workshop Series for University of Waterloo

  • Inclusive Communications Workshop for Georgian College

  • Inclusive Communications Workshop for Invest Barrie

Panelist:

Podcast guest:

Moderator:

Media Appearances:

2020

Keynote speaker: 

  • Activism for Social Change for Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)

  • My Back to Black Journey for SCDSB

  • Our Mosaic Live for Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest Barrie

Guest speaker: 

  • Introduction to Anti-Black Racism for Making Change to:

-Fresh Radio 93.1
-Innisfil Rotary

-Barrie and District Association of Realtors 

-Burton United Church

-U of T Family Medicine at RVH

Presenter: 

  • Culturally Competent Communications for Municipal Communications Conference

  • Anti-Black Racism and Business for Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

Host: 

Moderator:

  • Collaborations for the Greater Good with Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre

  • Community Panel in Innisfil 

Media appearances:

2019

Keynote speaker: 

  • My Back to Black Journey for Black History Month Kick off Making Change

  • My Back to Black Journey for City of Barrie Our Mosaic Lives Exhibit

  • My Back to Black Journey for Kempenfelt Bay School

  • My Back to Black Journey for Simcoe County District School Board

  • My Back to Black Journey for Georgian College 

Guest speaker:

Host:

Media appearances:

  • CBC Ontario Morning

  • CTV Barrie

  • Simcoe.com

  • Simcoe Review

  • Barrie Today

  • Community Conversations for On The Mic/Rogers TV

2018+

Keynote speaker:

  • My Back to Black Journey for Transnational Perspectives of Black Germany conference hosted by Black German Heritage Research Group and University of Toronto

Panelist:

  • Women of Colour Panel for City of Barrie Black History Month

  • Black Canadian Narratives for Transnational Perspectives of Black Germany conference hosted by University of Toronto and Black German Heritage Research Group

Media appearances:

  • CBC Fresh Air

  • CTV Barrie

  • ByBlacks.com

  • Simcoe.com

  • Barrie Today