Michelle Cadwell

Michelle Cadwell

Executive Assistant

Genesis Motor North America

Fountain Valley, CA USA

I earned my opportunities and drew my own path around every obstacle that life has given me so far. This has offered me the ability of perseverance, tenacity, and character you cannot teach in school.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
My parents were incarcerated when I was 10 years old and spent almost 10 years in federal prison.
Entered Foster Care when last living relative.
I went to around over eight different middle schools in Missouri, Colorado, and California and three different high schools.
Applying to Cal State Fullerton to become a high school history teacher, was accepted into Guardian Scholars Program. This program at CSUF promotes higher education degree for former foster youth.
Then deciding to not become a teacher in my senior year while completing prep course work for the credential program.
Began executive assisting C-Level with a CEO of a tennis ball machine company after the recession took many teaching jobs away. I continue writing on the behalf of Executives 13-years later.
Is an Executive Assistant to Mark Del Rosso, CEO of Genesis Motor North America, and Erwin T Raphael, COO of Genesis Motor America.
I recently became a 1st-time mother of Tank Valentine. Learning how to balance a career and a being a mom.
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Executive Assistant

I am the assistant to the CEO of Genesis Motor North America.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Working with Others

Day to Day

My typical day at work begins at 6:00 AM, then I check emails and prep CEO and COO for any meetings when they start their day. I coordinate multiple events, and complex calendars stakeholder meetings. I provide guidance to other admin that work with GMA. Other ad-hoc projects that include organizing deadlines for groups that report to my executives. While I am on-call 24/7 for any executive needs, I normally end my day around 5:30.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend for people to pursue digital networking and networking with people, build professional relationships with professors, create a LinkedIn account early on, and expose yourself to things that stimulate an interest within you rather than only focusing on the degree.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I felt discouraged from reaching my higher education goals due to impostor syndrome. I still face this constantly as I try to evolve my career and personal goals. Telling myself "you do not have 100% of what "they" are looking for..." "

Challenges I Overcame

Foster Child
Drugs / Addiction


Where were you born?

Asked by Anonymous Student

I was born in Torrance California and raised in Arkansas for a bit.

Can you talk a little bit about your childhood growing up, did you have siblings?

Asked by Anonymous Student

I'm an only child, I was raised in the South, my parents had a business there and an unfortunate consequences, my parents were incarcerated when I was 10 and they spent almost 10 years in federal prison for one of the largest drug trafficking.