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Recoverying from Post Tramatic Distress after being Held Hostage!

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From abused runaway, at times homeless, teen to becoming a banking industry executive by the age of 30, Michelle has been dreaming big all her life. At age 35, Michelle and her 7 year-old daughter were kidnapped, held hostage, taped with explosives and after 14 hours, Michelle was forced to rob the bank she managed to save their lives. Michelle Renee kept on dreaming big and with resiliency, and resolve became the 2008 MSN Hometown Hero, a published author, speaker, owner of dreamBIG® Consulting and Women Who reamBIG®. She delivers her Live Your dreamBIG® Life message around the world. Michelle celebrates the gifts she has discovered through the challenges she has overcome with courage, optimism, and inner-strength and inspires others to do the same. Her debut book, Held Hostage, a Lifetime Movie Network original movie was released in July 2009 starring Julie Benz. Michelle was recently honored to be added to the Chicago Children's Hospital Trauma Center Survivor Wall alongside Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou and became a Family Advocate for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Children's Hospital Chadwick Center in San Diego. Michelle is currently working on her sophomore book, Hostage No More, and is a contributor for GLOW Project Magazine. She resides in Southern California with her daughter.

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