Advisor, Founder, Non-profit Volunteer and Former Tech Exec
At the expense of being a terrible dinner party guest, Michele Grieshaber is an early-bird. Rising before the sun, she tries to fit in a workout, frisbee with the dog and a short meditation before studying Spanish (aka the pandemic language project) over coffee. Once the day officially begins, she advises start-ups focused on sustainability and climate change, one of which she helped to found (Aureus Earth). Occasionally she writes.
Michele was a former Chief Marketing Officer for Silicon Labs, a semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas with a focus on the Internet of Things. For the 20 years prior, she worked for IBM in a variety of business and marketing executive roles spanning the hardware, software, services and financing businesses. Her background in technology sparked an interest in ethics which translated into several years as an adjunct professor of business ethics at St. Edwards University in Austin.
Michele volunteers for Communities in Schools, supporting kids who need extra help to stay in school and succeed in life. She and her husband, Michael, are passionate about food access, hosting non-profits on their farms in Austin (Farmshare Austin) and Boulder (MASA Seed Foundation). Both organizations provide produce to under-served populations in the community. Michele is a right-brained engineer who holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. She was a Fulbright Scholar to France before they adopted the euro.