Michelle T. Sterling is the founder and executive training director of the Sterling Style Academy, the internationally renowned image consultant and personal shopper training and development division of Certified Image Stylist Group. She is an award-winning entrepreneur equipped with over 15 years of experience in the finance, retail, fashion, and style industries. Ms. Sterling’s inside knowledge of the corporate world as an investment banker with Banc of America Securities and her affiliations with several fashion houses, such as Giorgio Armani and Cartier, give her unique insight and advantage in the fashion, luxury, and image management consulting profession. Over the years Ms. Sterling has been recognized as a top-notch, international image consultant, personal stylist and personal shopper by her prestigious network of clients and by luxury brand professionals who span the globe from New York, London, Dubai and Hong Kong.
The Sterling Style Academy’s training programs are a two-way investment. You invest in us and we invest in you. When combining Ms. Sterling’s philosophy to cultivate the innate talents and unique gifts of each of our students with our rigorous curriculum and systematic approach to training, the Sterling Style Academy produces superstar TV personalities and authors within the image consulting, personal styling and personal shopping industry worldwide. Ms. Sterling is known for her “Corporate America” approach to training as well as also being an innovative leader in creating and developing sustainable image consultant business models engineered according to the strengths of each student.
Ms. Sterling has been a Certified Image Consultant through the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). She was formally trained in image, color, style, etiquette, communication and relationship management has received certificates from several recognized Certified Image Masters of AICI. Ms. Sterling received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish from Wellesley College. She is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Performance Training program and the Protocol School of Washington. She holds Certificates of Completion in Nostradamus Astrology and in Basic Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT). She is the author of eight educational training books, DVDs, and CDs as well as co-author of the book, Success Simplified, with Stephen Covey.
As the former fashion and style expert on the Advisory Board of Men’s Fitness Magazine and a reputable professional speaker, Ms. Sterling is frequently quoted and asked to speak and write articles as an authority in the fashion and image industry. Newsweek, MSNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, ABS CBN, Bravo TV, VH1 and several other TV stations throughout the United States, London, and Dubai have called upon Ms. Sterling’s expertise as it relates to image, fashion, style, etiquette, dating, and communication. Ms. Sterling has been featured in many media worldwide such as: The San Francisco Business Times, Minneapolis Business Journal, World Talk Female Entrepreneur Radio, FabJob.com, Monster.com, Sales and Marketing Management, Audrey Magazine, American Way Magazine, Smart Money, Washington Woman, Associated Press, Men’s Health Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Details Magazine, The New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Friday Magazine – Gulf News Dubai, BBC London, Bloomberg, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal in the U.S. and Asia, CNN London, Real Simple Magazine, People Style Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine UK, InStyle Magazine UK, and Vogue Magazine UK.
She currently resides in the United States and frequently travels the world to consult executive and socially prominent clients as well as trains tomorrow’s future superstar stylists.