Technology Woman of the Year Nominee

Michelle Frechette

Head of Customer Success,

Michelle Frechette is a fierce advocate for women in technology, a mentor, and coach, dedicated to helping other women succeed in their fields.

Michelle completed her MBA in Marketing, E-Commerce and Information Systems from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. She has over twenty years of experience in higher education; ten years owning a web design and marketing company; and currently serves as the Head of Customer Success for (developers of and

Michelle is a veteran of public speaking. She’s been an instructor for a wide variety of topics including Using Quantitative Data Analysis Software, Meditative Drawing, Intro to WordPress, and Marketing for Massage Therapy. Michelle speaks at conferences all over North America. You can find many of them recorded on including “Little Things That Make a Big Difference” and “Hidden Features of WordPress Revealed,” as well as panel discussions on ethics, marketing, page builders, and women in technology.

Michelle is the founder of WordCamp Rochester, a WordPress conference around the Open Source Project. She has recently been named to the WordPress 5.6 release squad, an all-female team, making historic strides in both WordPress and the technology communities. In addition, she coordinates the Rochester WordPress meetup, open to any and all, and free to attend.

In June 2019 she started a podcast, WPCoffeeTalk, and has recorded over 100 interviews with people in the WordPress community worldwide.

Michelle is the author of “A Good Firm Handshake (and other essential business tips)” available on

Michelle mentors and coaches women business owners in technology around the areas of growth, website, blogging, marketing, and work/life balance.

You can find Michelle on Twitter at @michelleames and through her website at