Gartner Expert

Michelle Bazargan

Sr Director, Advisory

Michelle Bazargan is a Global Executive Advisor within Gartner's Research and Advisory group. She firmly believes that the world and humanity are at an inflection point, and what worked in the past will not work in the future. Her passion lies in inspiring leaders, individuals, and organizations to disrupt themselves, envision new possibilities, and reimagine their futures.

Michelle draws on her diverse leadership and technology background in large complex enterprise organizations, including Toyota, IBM, Oracle, and Ultimate Software, to shape the future of business and the workplace. She also has extensive experience working with startup incubators, accelerators, venture capital, schools, universities and mentoring founders in the startup community. Michelle herself is a successful start-up founder of a wellness platform that she created and scaled with a successful exit.

In addition to her work in the corporate and startup worlds, Michelle is an accomplished public speaker and leadership coach. She is obsessed with inspiring people to keep it real and believe in themselves, and has done keynotes all around the world, including at various events and conferences. Michelle has also given a Tedx Talk on The Value of Human Connections, which has garnered praise for its thought-provoking ideas and insightful perspectives.

Michelle is a huge advocate for continuous learning, inquisitive curiosity, and courageous leadership. She believes that these qualities are essential for thriving in the rapidly changing world.

Michelle is currently authoring her first book, which is set to inspire others to embrace these qualities and reach their full potential.

Previous experience


Professional background


Head of Global Product Management Cloud Engineering

Ultimate Software

Product Strategy and Innovation Consultant to Executive Team

JM Family - SE Toyota

Business Strategy and Technology Leadership - R&D,Innovation Labs

Areas of coverage

CIO Technology and Innovation Leadership

CIO Leadership of Culture and People

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Executive Leadership: Talent

Executive Leadership: Innovation and Disruption Management


B.S. in Marketing

Founders Institute

Scrum Alliance - Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Scrum Alliance - Certified Product Owner (CPO)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Various Leadership, Coaching, Consciousness and Psychology Practices and Certifications

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Drive business change through open innovation engines that generate continuous idea and incubation loops

2Create strong innovation ecosystems, labs, experiences and partnerships with customers, employees, & partners

3Workforce and Talent Strategy for the Future

4Shift from Outdated Leadership Styles to Human Centric and Conscious Leadership

5Leverage actionable Diversity, Inclusion and Equality beyond pretty marketing and check boxes to drive and enable business innovation