Michaela Walsh is activist, scholar, mentor, educator, and author. She was a pioneer woman manager with Merrill Lynch in Beirut, Lebanon, in the ’60s, first woman Partner of Boettcher in the ’70s, and in 1980, Founding President of Women’s World Banking.
Throughout her career, Michaela has maintained a vibrant commitment to education and service. She was an Adjunct Professor at Manhattanville College and Director of Global Student Leadership programs there. Board appointments have included Synergos Institute, and Union Theological Seminary, with advisory roles in a wide range of governmental and social-justice organizations over the decades.
She was Chairperson of the 59th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in 2006. She received the Woman of Vision Award of the National Organization for Women, the UN Development Program’s Paul G. Hoffman Award for outstanding work in development, and in 2012 was honored by Women’s Funding Network for changing the face of philanthropy
COSIMO Publishers recently released a blogpost in honor of Michaela and underscoring the value of “Founding A Movement.”
In celebration of all of those graduating all across the country this month, Cosimo’s Book of the Month for May is Founding a Movement: Women’s World Banking, 1975-1990, a detailed history of the first global women’s microfinance organizations, run by women, for women. Its history is told by founder Michaela Walsh, who was president and CEO of the company from its inception at 1975 until 1990. Full of interviews from the organization’s first board members and participants, it follows the difficult path WWB took to recognize its dream and make small businesses a reality for so many women around the world… Read more at the Cosimo site