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Transcript of Michelle Obama
Wife to the 44th president
First African-American First Lady of the United States
One of only 3 First Lady's with a Graduate Degree
Her Secret Service code name is "Renaissance"
As a child their family only ordered pizza twice year
She took her infant daughter to a job interview
Writes her own speeches
Family nickname "Miche"
Considered a "hugger," often hugging people when she meets them, especially kids.
Michelle Robinson-Obama was born on January 17, 1964, on the South Side of Chicago to Fraser and Marian Robinson.
Father: City pump operator and Democratic precinct captain.
Mother: Secretary and later a stay at home mom.
She lived with her family in a one bedroom apartment, on the second floor of a small house.
Shared a bedroom with her brother, Craig.
Described as a close knit family.
Michelle Obama has two daughters Natasha (12) and Malia Obama (15).
Michelle Obama excelled in education-
She learned to read by the age of 4
She skipped the second grade
1981 -She attended Whitney Young Magnet High School, an elite school for the gifted
1985 -Princeton University
1988 -Harvard Law School
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
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"We learned about honesty and integrity - that the truth matters... that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules... and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square."
Michelle has put childhood obesity at the top of her priority list, creating the "Just Move" campaign.
In 2009, Michelle worked with 23 fifth graders to educate them on healthy eating habits and the importance of physical activity. And together they planted a garden on the White House lawn.
Barry Posner's Practices of Leadership:
Model the Way
Inspire a Shared Vision
Encourage the Heart
Enable Others to Act
Challenge the Process
A good leader is able to lead by example and be committed to a common goal. A leader needs to be able to encourage their supporters, as well as, listen to their concerns. But, still be able to remain strict and enforce discipline.
Progressive leadership qualities:
Motivates and develops their supporters.
Open minded and committed to continuous learning and improving.
Collaborates with a team to promote ideas, such as campaigns.
Sidley Austin Law Firm -
Met her future husband
Barack Obama and worked
on legal contracts for ....
Colleagues thought she was fortunate to have such a fun assignment of working on the Barney contracts. Michelle disagreed and wanted to help less fortunate people. She wanted to make a bigger difference in the world. Michelle quit this job to seek a more personally satisfying position.
In 1991 Michelle began work as a part of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's staff.
She later went on to become the Executive Director of community relations and external affairs at University of Chicago Medical Center.
Eventually being appointed to Vice President for community relations and external affairs.
1992 -Michelle Robinson marries Barack Obama.
2007/2008: Michelle campaigns for her husband's presidential bid.
2008 and 2012: Michelle delivered a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
Michelle displays Barry Posner's practice of
"Encourage the Heart"
leadership style. She displayed this in her Democratic National Convention speech when she stated, "Every day the people I meet inspire me..." Research shows expressing gratitude while addressing a group or giving a speech is always important.
Model the Way
" is another leadership style displayed by Michelle.
Practice what you preach.
Model your behavior to show commitment.
This builds trust and support of others.
Finding ways to promote better work.
"Enable others to act"
is explained as a collaboration that sustains organizations ability to execute a mission. This technique is demonstrated during Michelle's "Let's Move" and "Joining Forces" campaigns.