Michelle Herndon

she/her


Michelle Herndon is a prominent leader in her industry. She is best known for her meaningful insights, mentorship and leadership.

Michelle began her career in hospitality at the famed Patina restaurant in Los Angeles. A very special time in the culinary world which has had great impact on her personal and professional life. 

Before joining BOKA Restaurant Group, Michelle had an illustrious career including time spent in HR staffing, Diversity & Inclusion training for Limited Brands.

Over the last decade Michelle has enjoyed a successful relationship with BOKA Restaurant Group as Director of Private Events. Michelle has collaborated and created revenue generating private events programs for six restaurant openings for BOKA in the Chicago area.

She is currently the Director of Diversity & Community for BOKA Group, where she is furthering diversity programs and services within the company-including creating and leading mentorship program for People of Color and within the LGBTQ+ community. She is known for her ability to bridge differences and create impactful connections within her company.

Michelle graduated from the University of Illinois/University of Barcelona and received a Bachelor of Arts, Spanish. She additionally spends time professional lifestyle coaching for her currently growing company SoulNest.



moderated by

Laura Louise Green, LPC


Laura is a licensed professional counselor and organizational consultant from Chicago, IL. After working in the hospitality & drinks industries for nearly 20 years, Laura utilizes her knowledge and skills as a trained and licensed mental health professional to facilitate training, growth, and healing within the hospitality sector. She studied at DePaul University, earning a Master's of Education in Community Counseling, and is currently studying Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London in the School of Business, Economics, and Informatics.