Michelle DiTondo

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Michelle DiTondo is a Principal with Avion Consulting. Michelle has over 30 years of experience in human resources leadership and organizational transformation. Most recently, Michelle served nearly a decade as the Chief Human Resources Officer for MGM Resorts International, leading culture transformation and employee engagement initiatives for 88,000 employees worldwide. As a key member of the senior leadership team, Michelle partnered with the C-Suite on a broad range of company-wide strategies in both talent and overall business improvement.


In her leadership roles, Michelle has been responsible for developing strategies and launching initiatives that drive an inclusive culture where leaders understand their role in ensuring that employees feel valued and contribute their best. For five years before entering the hospitality and entertainment industry, Michelle was a Partner in an organization development and leadership effectiveness consulting firm where she provided organization effectiveness consulting for many global Fortune 100 Companies.


Recent speaking engagements have included the following: • PIMCO Women in Technology Network Group “Leveraging Your Strengths” • PIMCO Women in Technology Network Group “Personal Branding & Executive Presence” • HSBC Women’s Networking Group “Building Personal and Team Resilience” • UNLV Global Gaming Executive Program “Leading During Difficult Times” • Women in Hospitality Initiative “Managing Politics and Power” • JM Family Sales Conference “Personal Resilience” • Attune Employee Engagement Conference Keynote “Creating a Culture of Inclusion” • Mullen Rowe “Stoking Curiosity” Series “Personal Resilience” • MGMThinks “Life Constraints-No One Can Do It All” • Evanta CHRO Summit “Transforming Culture from the Inside Out”


Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Arizona State University and her Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and two children.

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  • What is your favorite quote? You are only growing and improving when you are uncomfortable.
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? My first mentor stretched me to give me opportunities to grow. When I doubted my experience, she always said "People in the room are older than you, no one is smarter than you."
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I LOVE watching hockey and being a hockey mom. I am a fan of the NHL and NFL. I also enjoy the creativity of cooking. It brings me calm and focus.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Althea DeBrule my first mentor in my first significant HR role.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I grew up with a traditional Japanese mother who reinforced compliance with norms and humility. I have learned how to manage these early biases to drive big organizational change.