Meet Michele: In just seven short years, Michele Galloway has built a career at UPS from part-time assistant to full-time fleet manager – all while balancing family and a lifetime love of automobiles.
A member of the Delaware – Lenni Lenape Indian Tribe, Michele says Native American Heritage Month is a time to reflect on legacy and the power of determination.
“My great-grandmother crossed the Trail of Tears in 1850. My family’s perseverance is something instilled in me to this day,” Michelle said. “This month is a time to share what my ancestors and family faced over the years, and how they were able to overcome those challenges and live in the world today.”
Shifting into gear: Michele grew up tinkering with cars alongside her grandfather, whose own determination led to the creation of a patented carburetor component. Her grandfather instilled in her a passion that would drive her to Illinois State University and a business degree, through to the opening of her own auto repair shop.
Today, Michele is lending her skills and experience to UPS, managing 54 employees and over 1,200 vehicles, while creating a new legacy of hard work and dedication for her family.
Women with cool jobs: You can hear more about Michele’s perspective on life and leadership by tuning into this podcast.
Celebrating our history: Nov. 25 is Native American Heritage Day – a time to honor the traditions, diverse culture and contributions of indigenous people.
UPS is dedicated to uplifting indigenous voices year-round. Last year alone, The UPS Foundation gave over half a million dollars to organizations committed to supporting indigenous communities and funded scholarships for 20 Native American students at Brigham Young University.
Show your support for Native American Heritage Month by getting involved with these organizations:
- The American Indian College Fund provides academic scholarships to Native American students attending tribal colleges and universities and encourages students to pursue higher education through the Native Pathways Program.
- The Council for Economic Education provides support for Native American and indigenous communities. Donate to the organization here or contact them to support specific initiatives.
- The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development offers multiple programs empowering Native American business owners through training, networking opportunities, and certification.