Michele Ronsen is an executive with 20 years of experience in Fortune 500s, academia, and start-ups. Her earliest memory is of driving down the highway with her father. He asked her to look at a McDonald’s sign – the quintessential golden arches. He then asked her to draw what she thought the gear inside the sign (that made it spin) looked like. She was three years old.
A professionally trained graphic designer, Michele worked at top design firms before moving to Nordstrom where she built two creative teams from the ground up. From there she built a career helping numerous entities strategically design and grow their businesses. In 2010, Michele founded Ronsen Consulting, a design and strategy firm specialized in human-centered research and development. Recent clients include Zillow, Xero, Facebook, Gusto, Invisalign, Microsoft and Kaiser Permanente.
In addition to client work, Michele has inspired hundreds of students and professionals at the California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art University teaching design, research and strategy classes and workshops.