New York, New York
Columbia University, La Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Profiles of leaders and companies, retail, natural disasters' impact on business, personal finance
- Has covered business and finance since 2007.
- Former senior editor of TheStreet.com; led a team of reporters covering the retail sector.
- Writer for CNBC.com, covered breaking news, impact of natural disasters on business, debt, alternative investing.
- Former contributor to Time.com, writing profiles of iconic Americans--Jimmy Carter, Toni Morrison, Francis Ford Copolla.
- Contributed to a number of business publications, Harvard Business Review (white papers), Barron's, Fortune, Vogue Business and others.
Michelle Lodge began business writing at Time Inc. by producing personal finance makeovers for two newsletters published by Money. Later, when Michelle was a contributor to On Wall Street, she covered financial advisors and some of the challenges they face in compliance, productivity, regulations and relating to clients whose backgrounds are different from their own. While there, as editor of On Wall Street Book Club, she reviewed business, personal finance and management books, conducted podcast interviews with authors and led the online discussion. One notable interview was with Nobel laureate in economic studies Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, who contends that women can be better investors than some men because women tend to hold on to stocks during market fluctuations. When contributing to Time, Michelle sought out top people in their fields to reveal their turning points and how those pivotal times led to a productive and fulfilling life's work. In creating white papers for Harvard Business Review, Michelle has delved in gender pay discrimination, how the right technology in a workplace can boost the bottom line and where alternative energy stands in the U.S. today. Her Barron's pieces were service in nature: pay your nanny taxes and use a mediator, not a lawyer, to divorce your spouse, while her Fortune work delved into an historic presidential election in Brazil with economic consequences and how women across the financial spectrum are, in fact, very generous philanthropists.
The most important lessons I learned during my college years were outside the classroom. While a foreign student at La Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia, a major textile center, I saw firsthand acute economic disparity and how politics and finances intersect. While there, I juggled a full course load at the university with teaching private English lessons to businessmen—a record company executive and the owner of a button factory—who needed English for their work. In between, I saw the range of economic levels on full display just walking down the street. Mothers, surrounded by their children and sometimes pregnant, were begging for money for food, while some of the upper classes ran their companies and, in their spare time, shopped for emerald jewelry and socialized at country clubs. University students who protested the economic disparities found their departments closed down temporarily by the Colombian government. At a pivotal age, I learned that there were many business stories and many ways to tell them.
Quote from Michelle Lodge
"I dig into each subject as if I'm seeing it for the first time."