Ahead for Michelle Obama? Figuring out what comes next


Associated Press | December 12, 2016

The Associated Press, “Ahead for Michelle Obama? Figuring out what comes next,” quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Kimberly Archer about what she thinks First Lady Michelle Obama may do after leaving the White House. The article is excerpted below.

It’ll be one of the most watched mid-life career changes in recent memory. What does Michelle Obama do next?

After eight years as a high-profile advocate against childhood obesity, a sought-after talk show guest, a Democratic power player and a style maven, the first lady will have her pick of options when she leaves the White House next month.


Serve on corporate boards

She has some experience with corporate America, but she’ll want to choose carefully. Mrs. Obama resigned from the board of a food supplier for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 2007, shortly after her husband announced his presidential bid. He had been a critic of the retail giant. Mrs. Obama had cited the increased demands of the campaign for leaving the board of Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods Inc.

“It will be fun to see what she actually does,” said Kimberly Archer, head of the Washington office of Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search and assessment firm. “Wherever she does decide to focus, I would say, ‘Lucky them.'”

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Ahead for Michelle Obama? Figuring out what comes next