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michaela cisney

michaela cisney

michaela cisney is founder and executive director of priyam global, global health communications and education consultant – living in bloomington, indiana. she is passionate about wellness and balance, being outside, creativity as a way of life, global connectivity, lifelong learning, and living well with simplicity and purpose.

michaela stands behind stef etow for her gorgeous and unique view of the world, tribe alive for their honesty and beauty as a purposeful brand, mumsy app for nurturing connection between women across generations, and sundara fund / erin zaikis for working to end hygiene-related deaths among children with an approach that is stunningly simple and effective.

my mom is my biggest inspiration. she raised five children with strength, creativity and joy. I inherited her love for adventures and exploring, interpreting the natural world through art, and barefoot running, hiking and living."

her advice to aspiring leaders? "listen well. stay curious. set goals. test and pivot. remember: it isn't about you."

photos by josh cisney

stef etow

stef etow

eve horbol

eve horbol