Michelle King Robson (pronounced robe-son) is one of the nation's leading women's health and wellness advocates. She is the Founder and Chairperson of EmpowHER, one of the fastest-growing and largest social health companies dedicated exclusively to women's health and wellness. She started the company in response to dealing with her own personal, debilitating health condition that left her sick, alone, hopeless and on the verge of taking her own life. She went to numerous doctors, read dozens of books, and searched the Web for countless hours, and still, could not find the answers she was looking for. After reading one last book, being treated by the doctor who wrote it, and taking her health and wellness into her own hands, Michelle finally got well. Then she got angry. The solution for her was so easy, but finding it was so difficult. That is when she became determined to commit the rest of her life to ensure that no other woman would suffer in silence as she had. And that is how EmpowHER was born.
Launched in 2008, the company's flagship - EmpowHER.com - provides women with access to health and wellness information, world-class medical resources, and a dynamic community of experts and advocates committed to their well-being. As the third most visited women's health and wellness destination on the Web (comScore Media Metrix), EmpowHER.com is the online home for female health information seekers and offers a unique value proposition of a peer health community and premium, original women's health and wellness content. In 2011 EmpowHER reached more than 60 million women onsite and through syndication and expects to reach more than 250 million in 2012. EmpowHER Media has been named the "Best Overall Company of the Year" by the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and was recognized as a Finalist in the "Most Innovative Company of the Year" category by the same organization.
Michelle has received numerous awards and citations, including most recently "Chairman of the Year" from the American Business Awards and was named one of the top ten most "Most Fearless Women Online and in Social Media." Other honors include the WNBA Phoenix Mercury's Inspiring Business Woman Award, which she received at an event that also recognized tennis icon Billie Jean King; the National Osteoporosis Foundation's Health Communications Award, which she received with fellow award-winner actress Sally Field, and the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation's Discover Award, an honor she received among esteemed recipients including Dr. Richard Carmona, former Surgeon General of the United States. She was also honored with the Best Supporting Role in a Community Award from the Arthritis Foundation.
Michelle has chaired several women's and children's initiatives in Arizona as a gubernatorial appointee. These have included the Governor's Commission on Women's and Children's Health and Arizona Character Education Blue Ribbon Task Force. She has also raised more than $30 million dollars for major healthcare organizations across the Southwestern U.S. Recently, she has served on the Board of Directors for Global Healthcare Capital, LLC. Currently, she serves as an Advisory Council member for the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, King Robson holds the distinction of being the only woman to serve on the Board of Directors for Arizona Biltmore Bank. Michelle resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Ed and daughter Amanda.