Michele Watley

Founder and President, The Griot Group

Michele L. Watley is the Founder and President of the The Griot Group, a strategic communications firm offering a wide range of consulting services including; media consulting, strategic communications, general consulting and campaign management, constituency outreach, and training and facilitation across various sectors. The Griot Group has the necessary tools and expertise to help clients develop impactful communication strategies, connect with and engage communities, and build rich brand experiences.

She is also the founder of Shirley’s Kitchen Cabinet, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to amplifying the voices and power of Black women through education and advocacy. Based in the Midwest (Kansas City, MO), Shirley’s Kitchen Cabinet works with hundreds to Black women to help them become more effective advocates for the issues that matter to them and the communities they serve.

Michele has been honored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old, and was named one of Campaign & Election’s Rising Stars for 2017. She is the first Black and the first female operative to be honored with both national awards in the same year.