With over 15 years of consumer insights experience, Michelle has worked closely with business leaders to leverage insights and drive business strategy. As a Consumer Insights leader, she explores consumer behavior and cultural patterns to uncover new opportunities for businesses and has extensive experience in global innovation and new product development. Most recently, Michelle led the Consumer Insights department at Kashi, a natural/organic food company in the US and Canada. Prior to that, she worked at Wm Wrigley Jr Company where she completed ethnographic research in five countries, worked on Hispanic research in the US and completed a six-month expat assignment in Moscow, all further fueling her curiosity for cultural understanding. Having been a supporter of Kiva since 2007, Michelle is thrilled to be able to use her business skills to help a great organization like Kiva. Outside of work, Michelle is passionate about healthy eating, being active and traveling.

Fellows Blog Posts by Michelle Thevil

Jul 12, 2013 KE Kenya

I arrived to a tiny, dusty roadside stand with three wooden stalls and a few locals hanging around.  This was Matutu, a small village in Western Kenya.  I hoped this Matutu anyway.  There were no signs, and it isn’t on Google maps.  A boda boda driver took me to my meeting point.  A school somewhere nearby.     As we drove down the dusty, dirt roads, I was mesmerized by the scenery of lush, green, rolling hills.  And the locals were equally enamored with me.  Group after group of children running behind the motobike, yelling “Mzungu... Continue Reading >>

Jul 4, 2013 KE Kenya

My first week at Kiva was similar in some ways to on-boarding I’ve experienced at other companies.  There were long hours spent in a conference room looking at PowerPoint presentations, listening to guest speakers, trying to learn new software and procedures, and, of course, a fun group dinner.     But it was also unlike any other on-boarding that I’ve experienced.  We went to Refuge Point, and learned about how the organization... Continue Reading >>