Michelle Gallaher

Chief Executive Officer, Shareroot

Co-founder and Managing Director
The Social Science

Michelle is a passionate advocate of women in STEM. Michelle is the co-founder and director of Women in STEMM Australia, an advocacy organisation supporting women in STEM with a community of more than 25,000 members. Michelle was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2018 and she was named 2017 Telstra Victorian Business Women of the Year and Telstra Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Michelle delivers the 'Becoming an online influencer' masterclass as part of the 2018 and 2019 STEM sidebyside program.  

A master networker in life sciences, business, government and the media, Michelle Gallaher is a living rolodex of names, faces and technologies in Australia.  She is focused on helping public and private innovation-centric organisations understand how to influence to achieve corporate and personal objectives using social and mainstream media, new generation digital and data tools coupled with old-fashioned relationship strategies to deliver insights, progress commercial and clinical strategies and deliver results.

Michelle is a recognised commercial and social impact award-winning entrepreneur.  She is the co-founder of a unique Melbourne-based social media consultancy exclusively for the science, health and technology sector, The Social Science, which she sold in 2018 to US-based ASX-listed marketing technology developer, ShareRoot.  In March 2019 Michelle was appointed CEO of ShareRoot, one of only a few women leading an ASX listed company. Michelle also is co-founder in a third startup – SkinLife – developing skincare products from clinically active natural materials. Previous to her plunge into entrepreneurship, Michelle was the CEO of the Victorian biotech and medtech industry association for six years, the largest geographic cluster of biotech and medtech in Australia.

For over 25 years Michelle has worked in numerous influencing and development roles in biotech, research organisations and the healthcare sector. She has held and continues to hold leadership roles in the Victorian science and medical research industry in universities and companies as a non-executive director on various government advisory committees on life sciences and health and is a recognised champion of gender equity and diversity, women in STEM entrepreneurship and the advancement of clinical trials in Australia.

Renowned for loving a microphone and a soapbox, Michelle is an accomplished speaker, appearing at TEDx Melbourne, OECD and APEC meetings and regularly on webinars, podcasts, media and the conference circuit.

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