Michelle Petties

Michelle is an author, speaker, Food Story Finder, experiential eating expert, and recovering food addict. Her first book, Leaving Large – A Food Addict’s Memoir: How I Won a 40-Year Battle Over Obesity, features the award-winning story, The Cake is in the Mail. After gaining and losing over 700 pounds, Michelle finally discovered that the “secret” to finding freedom from fat is in the “story.” The personal and powerful stories in her memoir chronicle a lifetime of eating for all the wrong reasons and illustrate how events, experiences and memories inform our beliefs, attitudes, and habits around food, eating and hunger, revealing that the answers to why we eat, what we eat rest in our Food Stories.

A former public relations vice-president and broadcast sales manager, Michelle has worked for some of the most recognizable names in media, including Disney/ABC and Radio One, negotiating client campaigns for household brands like McDonald's, T-Mobile and Coca-Cola.

Big city born, small town bred, suburban living, nowhere near retirement, still-Southern, soulful sistah who’s serious about Scrabble and her morning walks. A public media veteran, Michelle develops strategic partnerships, sponsorships and alliances for Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR.

Michelle attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, as its first early admissions student in 1975 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington. Born in Los Angeles, raised in Marshall, Texas, she has lived in Dallas, Atlanta and Washington, DC.

When not writing, coaching or speaking, Michelle can be found on the tennis courts, shopping for new wigs or searching consignment boutiques for deals.