Her books have sold over 800,000 copies and been translated into five languages. But Canberra…
“Canberra’s the best city in the world. We punch above our weight in many areas and we’re a global village. I think we need to overcome the resistance to change. We need to be bold and embrace our potential.”
Growing up in Canberra, Michelle Melbourne wanted to be a scientist. She loved ‘The Curiosity Show’, and her first part-time job was at the Garran pharmacy—a job she loved because she learnt so much about people.
Michelle is co-founder of Intelledox Software and some recent career highlights include the software going live in a Fortune 500 company in the US, and donating the Intelledox Infiniti software back to the ANU to enable the university to become a digital leader.
She recently gave the alumni address to the graduating class for the College of Engineering and Computer Science degrees at ANU, and what she loves about her job is “working alongside a super-smart and passionate team, and the fact that we can cut it with the best of them in the software world.”
Michelle’s role model is Richard Branson, because he’s a risk taker. “He always challenges the status quo. Every day is a challenge. There are always new problems to solve and endless logistics to juggle.”
It’s this passion that leads Michelle to want to help the Canberra tech and innovation scene to grow and thrive. “Canberra’s the best city in the world,” she says. “We punch above our weight in many areas and we’re a global village. I think we need to overcome the resistance to change. We need to be bold and embrace our potential.”
“I remember the old airport. A small, brown rectangular building and wow, look at it now. I can’t wait until we can book direct flights from Canberra to Singapore!”
One of Michelle’s favourite places is the eagle’s nest sculpture at the top of the Arboretum. With its sweeping views over most of Canberra, it’s no wonder Michelle loves living here.
A mum of three girls, 20, 18 and 12, Michelle’s advice to her sixteen-year-old self would be to “trust your instincts.” Powering through a career in a male-dominated field, Michelle would need to listen to those instincts often. Her work is complex and challenging but she “thrives on being crazy busy”.
When she’s not working with her husband and business partner of twenty-three years, Phil Williamson, Michelle might be found playing hockey, cycling bridge-to-bridge or dining at the Lanterne Rooms in Campbell.
Her favourite book is “A Fortunate Life” by A.B. Facey, and you get the feeling she feels that way about her own life, too.
Discover the rest of our 15 Women to Watch in 2015 here.
Read about Nellie Peoples, Meegan Fitzharris, Zoya Patel, Belinda Neame, Tegan McAuley, Louisa de Smet, Heidi Stratford, Dr Sudha Rao, Carla & Emma Papas, Tara Cheyne, Sally Moylan, Kylie Travers, Kaleid, Julie Okely, Michelle Melbourne and Joanna Allebone.