Mary Lou Michael began her professional career in public education, working as teacher, administrator and subsequently as a project director for a model program she created. Michael Sales was a consultant to this project in the late 1970s. To broaden her experience in organizations, Mary Lou went to work for UnumProvident Corporation, a disability insurance company headquartered in Portland, Maine. There she held positions as Human Resource Representative and Division Director. In 1986, she founded her own organizational consulting firm, Mary Lou Michael and Associates, Inc.
Over the past 16 years, Mary Lou has worked with a broad range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, from schools and universities to government and non-profit agencies. In addition to her own clients, she is a professional member of NTL Institute and a senior consultant to Power & Systems, Inc. and she has regularly staffed their residential leadership programs since 1990.