Raised in Sidney, Ohio, Michelle Layton earned her B.S. degree in Marketing Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and her M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix, Henderson campus, in 2007. Michelle launched her career in Ohio as a High School Marketing Teacher before relocating to Las Vegas in 2001. In Las Vegas, Michelle continued her work in the fields of marketing and education in diverse capacities, including as Marketing and DECA teacher in the Academy of Finance at Clark High School, and Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center. Michelle’s dual experience in business and education was next utilized at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino and Arizona Charlie’s properties. During her tenure in hospitality, Michelle rapidly moved to Training and Communications Manager overseeing training, internal communications, and employee events. Her crowning achievement at the Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’s properties was developing, implementing, and managing the company’s philanthropic outreach, entitled “Community Connection.”
From 2006-2014, Michelle was Community Promotions Director for Channel 8, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate. Michelle directed all community outreach, sales promotions, events and charitable giving for Channel 8.
In 2014, Michelle moved to the City of Las Vegas as Executive Director of Downtown Achieves. In this role, she continued to build relationships with small and large businesses, Nonprofit organizations, the Clark County School District, local museums, and other community stakeholders around improving education at eleven at-risk schools in the Las Vegas urban core. Michelle worked diligently via a collective impact model to connect community resources with school needs to positively impact academic achievement.
In 2017, Michelle returned to her marketing roots, and began working as Marketing Consultant with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in southern Nevada. Michelle plans to expand her consulting role with additional organizations looking to elevate their marketing efforts.
The Jameson Fellowship focuses on leadership and recognizes individuals – of diverse ages, races, backgrounds, sectors, and organizations - for their contributions to southern Nevada. The Fellowship is an investment in relationships and aims to build a solid and connected leadership base across the nonprofit sector.