Michelle Royal
Facilitator & Graphic Recorder

Michelle Royal is a visual thinker, innovation consultant, speaker and founder of RIDG: Royal Innovation Design Group. She has worked with small to mid sized businesses around the U.S and the world, designing strategies that help business teams meaningfully and profitably connect with their number one asset: their customer. Three years ago she partnered with Peter Kageyama, designing and co-delivering the For the Love of Cities Workshops that explores the economic impact of emotionally engaging in our communities. Practicing what she teaches, Michelle is a teaching fellow of visual thinking for innovation at Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain.  She is also a founding trustee of Awesomeness for Awesome Tampa Bay and Saint Petersburg, a Board Member of WaVE Tampa Bay, is on the Leadership Council of Creative Tampa Bay,  and a recurring guest instructor at University of South Florida Saint Petersburg.

Past Clients

Her corporate clients include Cisco, Dell, Subway Sandwiches and Salads, Chick-fil-a, Orlando, Inc, The National Aquarium, The Florida Holocaust Museum,  Digital Hands, St. Petersburg College and the Poynter Institute.


Recent Speaking Engagements

  • TEDxPoynter Institute 2012
  • International Entrepreneurship Conference, UT 2012
  • B.I.G. Business Innovation and Growth Conference 2010, 2011
  • Orlando, Inc. Entrepreneurs Academy 2011
  • Tech Venture Conference 2009, 2010
  • University of South Florida Saint Petersburg, 2010, 2011

Recent Community Clients:

  • Monterey, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • Goleta, CA
  • Luddington, MI
  • Whangerei, New Zealand
  • Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Muskegon, MI
  • Wichita, KS
  • Akron, OH
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Anchorage, AK