About our Training Director
Michelle T. Sterling
“I could give up shopping but I’m not a quitter.”
Michelle T. Sterling is the training director of the Sterling Style Academy, the internationally renowned image consultant, personal stylist and personal shopper training and development division of the Certified Image Stylist Group. She is an award-winning entrepreneur equipped with nearly 20 years of experience in the finance, retail, fashion and style consulting 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 retail institutions, her prestigious network of clients, and by luxury brand professionals who span the globe from New York, Milan, Dubai and Hong Kong. As a result of her impressive luxury brand sales and marketing track record, she has become the preferred Luxury Brand Management sales trainer from the United States, to the Middle East, and Singapore.
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 thought 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 and has received certification from several recognized Certified Image Masters of AICI. Ms. Sterling received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish from the prestigious Wellesley College and is fluent in English, French and Spanish. She is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Performance Training program and the Protocol School of Washington. She holds Certificates of Completion in Interior Styling, Nostradamus Astrology, and in Basic Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT). She is also the author of over thirty educational training books, DVDs, and CDs as well as co-author of the book, Success Simplified, with Stephen Covey. She is in the process of obtaining certification through Harvard Business School online in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies.
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, Vogue Magazine UK, and Harper’s Bazaar UK.
She currently resides in between New York and Dubai as well as frequently travels the world to consult executive and socially prominent clients as well as trains tomorrow’s future superstar stylists.
Team of Experts
Maria Cristina Acquaroni
Guatemalan Celebrity Stylist Maria Acquaroni is known for being the “personality behind the personality.” Her talent and charisma lead her to host and co-produce the first Guatemalan TV makeover show, Amo Mi Estilo. Considered the next Rachel Zoe of Latin America, she is frequently invited to fashion events and runway shows – always impeccably dressed in her distinct signature style. As a Sterling Style Academy graduate, she teaches our 3-Day Short Course in Spanish.
Lisan Sootim is an international makeup artist and a skin care consultant. As a graduate of the Sterling Style Academy New York, her extensive training in makeup artistry from Ephraim Hunte Academy Trinidad, Makeup Forever Academy NY and Chic Studios NY make her the ideal instructor for our makeup classes. Lisan’s goal is to help her clients enhance their image with the finishing touches of gorgeous skin, make up and a well put together outfit!
Suki Mattu Brown
“Personal style is not a fad, it’s a way of life” is the mantra of British Personal Stylist and Personal Shopper Suki Mattu Brown, training facilitator for Sterling Style Academy. Known for her flair for style and fashion, Suki’s passion lies in assisting men and women to achieve success through their image and wardrobe.