Michele Lanza, founder of

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

“I’d like to see the word 'diversity' to eventually be embodied by 'representation'. Diversity has a connotation of something or someone being 'different' while 'representation' means a complete reflection of everyone. Companies should be working towards achieving representation in the workplace as they reflect all of us.”

After 20+ years of HR experience, Michele knows the value a company realizes when employees can bring their full selves to work. And as a member of a number of the Work Wider communities, she is committed to creating support systems for underrepresented communities. Well before founding Work Wider, a keen interest in innovative strategies led Michele to develop the ground-breaking online blind selection process for entry level talent work at Ketchum called LaunchPad that was featured in Fast Company.