Michelle joined Freddie Mac as a "floater" 25 years ago, going from department to department, much like a temp. And everywhere she went, she brought an "attitude of gratitude" that continues today.
"It was a wonderful program," she says. "I was able to learn a little bit about everything at the company. And if a VP needed support on the weekends, I raised my hand. It allowed me to build relationships. Eventually, I found a home in IT, which is where I've spent 90 percent of my career."
In the evenings, Michelle took advantage of Freddie Mac's educational reimbursement program, doing her undergrad work in business management through the University of Phoenix. "I did my studies online while my daughter slept," says Michelle, a young single mom at the time. "It took a long time to get my degree, but I did it."
Michelle didn't stop there. About three years ago, she earned a master's degree in technology management from Georgetown University. Out of 30 people who applied, only seven got into the program. "Some of the students balked at the requirement to stay with Freddie Mac for two years, but I said, 'Wow, show me where to sign up,'" says Michelle. "I was excited to apply my studies to the company I call home."
With Freddie Mac's help, Michelle has also obtained several certifications in the areas of audit, risk, security, governance and project management.
In her current role as business management director, Michelle manages the group's reports to executives and board of directors. She also oversees the group's budget, department objectives, industry outreach, training opportunities, vendor relationships, risk committees, SharePoint site and more.
"Over the years, I've benefitted from so many people who saw more in me than I saw in myself," says Michelle. "I may complain a little when I'm exhausted, but I love what I'm doing."