Michelle Dvorkin

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, XO Group Inc.

Michelle Dvorkin joined XO Group in November 2015. With over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Dvorkin’s career has spanned senior level work in compensation and benefits, M&A-related HR, business partner/generalist support, performance management, coaching, culture, and employee relations.  Having worked in start-ups such as Quigo and Lot18, successful mid-size growth companies like AppNexus, and large organizations including AOL, Ogilvy, Primedia, Dvorkin has a broad range of tech, media, and commerce-related people operations expertise. Dvorkin received a BA in Industrial Psychology from San Francisco State University and an MS in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
So many struggles, but I’ve never been close to being broken.  I think that’s because I try to recognize it before it gets too far.  The key is making sure you have your person, mine has always been my sister.  Find someone who you can say anything to, with no judgement, and be that person for them in return.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
To not be afraid of failure. Once the initial bruise to the ego wears off, don’t let it pass without reflecting on and learning from it. Fail, learn, move on.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
I’m inspired daily.  Whenever I encounter someone who is passionate and loves what they do, I’m inspired. I seek out and surround myself with inspiring people to soak up their energy and then I pass it on – Don’t just be inspired, be inspiring.

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Be tenacious.

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
My mission is to help build up the people around me to get better every day – in life and at work.