Michelle Yozzo Drake has over twenty years of experience in the field of strategic communication as an internationally known professional speaker and executive coach. As CEO and co-founder of The Cove Group, Inc. - a management and marketing firm that handled over $150 million in projects during the last five years - Drake provides highly acclaimed presentations, products and services designed to empower audiences and professionals with the tools and tactics to employ the strategic communication skills guaranteed to boost performance and profit in sales performance, leadership development, team dynamics, and customer service.
Drake has been a keynote speaker and trainer at Fortune 100 companies including Pfizer and Siemens, General Electric -
Electric Insurance, and Sun Life Financial. Her resume also includes presentations for universities and women's leadership organizations across the country, most notably the Eagleton Institute of Politics: Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.
Drake is the creator of the "Tips from Michelle"
business advice and career advancement podcast on iTunes. Each audio podcast episode features her valuable tips and tools for career success as well as the insights she has culled from interviewing business luminaries from around the world, including Andy Boynton, Kim Kiyosaki, Sean Yazbeck and Tory Johnson. Drake is no stranger to the other side of the microphone: she has appeared as a guest expert on countless radio shows - including In the Morning with Bonnie Grice, VentureTalk Radio, Women Aloud, and Vital Women - and on television shows such as WHDH Channel 7 Nightly New (an NBC affiliate in Boston) and Hallmark Channel's New Morning show.
In addition to her success in the worlds of business and media, Drake is a contributing author to Inspiration to Realization Volume III, co-author of Whatever Happened to the Word No? and author of From the Kitchen to the Corner Office: Mom's Wisdom on Leadership .
Prior to her life as an entrepreneur and professional speaker, Drake was an educator teaching business and life skills courses for eleven years at secondary and collegiate levels in New York.
On a personal level, Drake is the survivor of a violent physical attack. She draws upon her own faith and fierce enthusiasm for life and leads and inspires by example. This strength of spirit awakens the same quality in those around her and emphasizes her message of inner power.
Drake holds a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management. She has lived thoughout New England and metropolitan New York and currently resides in Stonington, Connecticut with her husband - and business partner - Rich and her two teenaged sons. She is an accomplished artist and an active volunteer in the community, serving on the Boards of Directors of 7th Empire Media and Bright Lights Parenting.