Michelle Alfandari is a business consultant, entrepreneur, small business owner and retimer with over 28 years running a global brand licensing & marketing business. She is certified in executive coaching and applied positive psychology.
Michelle Alfandari is Founder and Chief Navigator of Retimement, LLC, a content driven digital platform and consultancy established to inspire creativity and innovation in all aspects of life by integrating and allocating the appropriate amount of time for earning, living and having fun. retimement® content and consulting services reflect Michelle’s expertise as a business owner and entrepreneur with credentials and experience in executive coaching and applied positive psychology.
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Michelle is Founder/President and CEO of MODA Licensing, Inc., a global licensing and marketing company established in 1988. She has 28 years of hands-on experience working with corporations, nonprofits/NGOs and the people running them as a leader in intellectual property-brand extension licensing. She works with companies across diverse industries, leveraging, monetizing and building new businesses from intangible assets and intellectual property. www.modalicensing.com
Prior to establishing MODA, Michelle worked for large (Burlington Industries) and small companies (Smoler Brothers) and start-ups. Michelle is a managing member of Joltin’Joe, LLC and co-creator of Joltin’Joe® a new brand extending from the authentic heritage of Joe DiMaggio with motivational messaging articulated in its tag line “Give It All™”.
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Michelle created Retimement® as a lifestyle model that best addresses the need for change in how we balance and integrate work and life to achieve optimal outcomes. Working globally and locally at MODA she witnessed the lack of inspiration, creative thinking, innovation and individual fulfillment in the workplace caused by a myriad of factors including fear of losing jobs, lack of visionary leadership, focus on short term goals, burn-out, and fear of change that engendered a “play it safe” mentality that sucked the life out of creativity, original thinking and risk-taking. In addition, the economic turmoil of 2008 made it painfully obvious that the old idea of retirement was obsolete. It was time for a change. It was definitely time for much needed innovation.
All this and more inspired Michelle to think differently and in new ways about what was needed to change the status quo and invigorate energy around embracing uncertainty, risk taking, creativity and innovation. She believes that by integrating and allocating the appropriate amount of time for earning, living and having fun that people will thrive.
Michelle added skills in coaching and positive psychology to enhance her understanding of people and motivating change: Michelle is an NYU certified executive coach, certified in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP), a member of ICF (International Coaching Federation) and a Founding Member of the Institute of Coaching (IOC) at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
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Michelle works globally, with large and small companies and NGO’s creating new businesses and revenue by leveraging existing assets via the B2C and B2B channels. Michelle has worked as the external IP licensing and marketing division for over 20 major corporate, hospitality, publishing and sport event companies.
She has worked with hundreds of licensees (mostly manufacturers) in diverse product categories and with retailers in most channels of distribution. She works directly with her clients’ CEOs, Presidents, as well as executives in legal, business development, communications, marketing, branding, R&D, product development and sales positions.
She also works, at the retail level with executive management, merchants and buyers. Michelle has a keen understanding of consumer and retail trends and understands the rigors of a dynamic marketplace where embracing flux is a competitive advantage.
Clients (present/past) include: The New York Times, Mack Trucks, Snap-on Tools, DuPont/Invista – LYCRA®, Bushnell, UNICEF, National Trust for Historic Preservation, America’s VetDogs, Meredith Corporation/Better Homes and Gardens, Taste of Home, Le Tour de France, the Victoria & Albert Museum; Ritz Hotel- Paris, Voxx International/Audiovox, the Henry Ford, the Nature Conservancy, UNIPAL®Corrugated Pallets, Coty, Inc., Trader Vic’s, Champion Athleticwear, and Michael Kors, .