About The Company

Bringing years of experience to help your business

Meet Michelle

Company founder Michelle Gabor, MBA and CPA, has held responsibility at both strategic and functional levels in a variety of areas in the financial institution, non-profit, and manufacturing industries for over twenty years. In addition to senior finance/accounting roles with 4 organizations she has also led human resources and online services/call center operations. She has been responsible for driving change and improving processes by engaging employees and figuring out how to optimize systems and proven success in organizations ranging from small start-ups to a credit union with $1.5 billion in assets in the highly regulated financial institution industry.
Michelle is an independent consultant and teaches for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Michelle believes that leaders serve others and that great work is encouraged by a sense of humor and decency. She works well with all levels of an organization from front line employees to board members to customers.

MGW Real Strategies offers extensive background in organizational management in the areas of human resources, finance, mentoring, strategic organizational alignment, finance and accounting. The true advantage is being able to align these diverse functional areas, so everyone is working together in a realistic way to achieve success. You may be familiar with consultants who come in, deliver a boiler plate list of recommendations, and leave. Michelle wants to build relationships where the strategies make sense and are actionable.

Michelle lives in southeastern Wisconsin along the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. She loves to camp, kayak, travel, read, garden, and is a dedicated Green Bay Packers fan. She has been an active community volunteer for decades. She believes work can and should be meaningful and satisfying. A great body of research proves that when your goals, processes, systems and people are in alignment you get more engagement and better results as an organization, so it is a win-win for everyone involved.
Every Day Is A New Day
Embrace “heck yeah” thinking – if it’s worth spending your time it’s worth giving your enthusiasm
Management is a title – true leadership is a way of serving and respecting others
Even bad situations are valuable when we learn from them
If you don’t address poor performers that neglect will suck the soul out of your high performers. They may be too polite to tell you that
If something doesn’t make sense to other people, then it doesn’t make sense. Do what works

Skill Set Growth

Michelle was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside. She is a Certified Public Accountant who earned a MBA and an Accounting undergraduate degree.
Michelle’s experience includes 11 years with a large credit union, 6 years with non-profits as an employee and a founding board member, and 7 years in manufacturing.
Led improvement in internal and external service satisfaction in an organization that uses the net promoter customer satisfaction metric.
Served as the senior finance/human resources/administrative leader for a non-profit and was also a founding board member for a new non-profit. As the Treasurer she led the organization’s start-up and established strategic planning, financial systems, staffing, and related concerns and has since served as the board President. She has also served as Treasurer for a young and growing B to B service company.
Led the team who implemented mobile banking at Educators Credit Union and led the organization through an online banking system conversion. This included all aspects of product selection, contract negotiation, internal collaboration, project planning, and vendor management throughout and following the project.
Served on new project and service teams to provide cost/benefit analysis, implementation best practices, and improved inter-departmental cooperation and effectiveness. Devised a project scoping process to ensure that people and monetary resources would be available and that project proposals supported the organization’s values and strategic goals.
Experienced with vendor management and due diligence with history of negotiating more favorable terms, more vendor service and support, and/or better pricing.
UW MBA Consortium Outstanding Faculty Award

Experience

CFO, VP of Finance, VP of E-Services, VP of Internal Audit, HR Generalist

EDUCATORS CREDIT UNION

Chief Financial Officer/Human Resources Director/IT

RACINE FAMILY YMCA

Business Mentor

PATINA SOLUTIONS

Board Member and Treasurer

MEMBER LOYALTY GROUP

Controller/Human Resources Manager

SPEE-DEE PACKAGING RESOURCES MANAGER

Founding and current board member, past Treasurer

RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER

Adjunct Instructor, Advisory Committee Member, Civic Action Plan Committee Member

GATEWAY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Interim Controller and Human Resources Manager/HRIS Project Implementation

ROBERT HALF MANAGEMENT RESOURCES

Human Resources Director

LACROSSE/RAINFAIR SAFETY PRODUCTS

Adjunct Instructor

WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE

Graduate and Team Member

LEADERSHIP RACINE

Tax Associate

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