Michelle from California and Lilamani from London, met while in Seattle over 15 years ago; two women from different continents. While in Seattle, Lilamani was filming a documentary for Discovery Channel and Michelle, a Communications expert and Author, was consulting with Microsoft. As a keynote speaker, Michelle developed a Teambuilder game and piloted it at one of their world-wide conferences. She received feedback that people wanted to take the game home. So she partnered with Lilamani de Silva and developed Personalogy Games.
They created the Party game first in their respective lounges, Skyping from CA and the UK. Then we playtested the game over a few years with our families, friends and anyone else along the way who was up for it (in 3 continents). The response was the same, “wow, this is really fun, where can we buy this?
They share a love of family, friends, playing games, ruckus laughter, and the outdoors no matter what the weather.
Michelle is a known serial entrepreneur with a flair for coming up with creative solutions, ideas and out-of-the-box perspectives. Her consulting practice, Energy Catalyst Group, focuses on building and sustaining a more engaged, innovative, and energized workforce by bridging communication and cultural gaps in the workplace. Her clients include Sony Playstation, HTC, Receptos, Stanford University, Cisco Systems. Her book The Valuable Office Professional was endorsed by Ken Blanchard. Michelle Burke is a recognized dynamic motivational speaker and has appeared on TV, radio and in print including LA Times, Star Ledger, WSJ, SF Chronicle newspapers, and her articles have appeared in CLO, Training and HR Magazines and The Huffington Post. She also applies her creative bent to her culinary skills and enjoys reading, music and travel.
Lilamani has a unique blend of scientific and artistic talents. She has a MSc in Biochemistry, has worked at London Zoo, has produced documentaries, and enjoys painting and traveling to unusual places.
They have a mutual quest to see the silly side of life, to relish every moment and laugh-out-loud everyday.
They created Personalogy™ to encourage people to put their technical devices down and bring people together for personal connection. Games that turn small talk into real surprising, thought-provoking and fun conversation! They hope you share in their vision too!
Michelle is a published Author, Consultant and Co-Founder of Interact Games LLC. She consults and coaches to individuals, entrepreneurs and organizations to communicate more effectively, focus on results and “own vs. rent” their jobs. She promotes a “solution and service mindedness” and emphasizes the Five Core Competencies. Her passion is to find ways to contribute to the development of high-performance teams in business and in education. Michelle specializes in bridging communication gaps between all levels of management and staff. Her out-of-the-box thinking and her keen observation of organizational and individual behavior allows her to uncover key issues and to find the best solution to implement and maintain over time. Michelle proactively increases organizational energy through improving strengths with managers and staff by building team collaboration. This results in improved communication, morale and productivity. She was Founder and President of Executive Counterparts™, an innovative consulting and training company providing expertise and coaching to support staff and their managers. She founded the Company in 1992 and sold it in 2004.
Some of her clients include: The Walt Disney Co., Visa International, McDonalds, E*Trade, Stanford University, General Motors, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Ernst & Young, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Chicago, Northern Telecom, Microsoft, Discovery Foods, New Visions Foundation, Sony Electronics, Ericsson Wireless, Sony Network Entertainment, Genentech and Cisco Systems.
In 1997, Michelle authored the acclaimed book, The Valuable Office Professional, endorsed by Ken Blanchard. She also co-developed The Productivity Cycle™, a communication tool proven to enhance teamwork and increase productivity.
Business Week’s Frontier Magazine featured Michelle on their June 1999 cover and in a story on becoming a guru in the field. Michelle has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Wall Street Journal, Star Ledger and has been quoted in a variety of publications including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, HR and Training Magazine. She has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television programs and won the regional 1999 Working Woman’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. Michelle was a syndicated, feature columnist on Officeclick.com website for working administrative professionals. Michelle is an articulate motivational speaker whose humor, wit and enthusiasm motivates and inspires her audience. After nearly twenty years in business, she has trained and coached over 50,000 staff. She finds endless opportunities to help individuals see their value and contribution allowing them to be more successful in their ever-changing roles.
Michelle’s entrepreneurial spirit has inspired her to develop communication games for work, play and home by partnering with Lilamani de Silva from the UK. Their first was a training tool called INTERACT IceBreaker™ and teamBuilder™, experience the power of play at work. Two games in one were designed to help organizations to have values-based dialogs about business related-topics. This niche allows Managers, Departmental Heads and others who want to take the lead in their organization bring people together to build cohesive and collaborative teams.
Michelle is currently launching, with Lilamani de Silva, Personalogy™: An Absurdly Provocative Game for Thinking People™. Each deck contains 125 fun, absurd and thought-provoking questions. Categories include: The Original, Dating, and Family to name a few. They plan to publish the original deck end of November 2013.
Michelle also gets tremendous joy in giving back to her community through volunteer work. She has been a volunteer with The American Cancer Society and participated in Team in Training to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She is a current member of Ladies Who Launch.
Lilamani De Silva
Lilamani was trained in the sciences, marketing and psychology receiving her Masters in Biochemistry at the University of Otago, New Zealand. In an effort to further her career she moved to the UK.
With a need to express a latent creative bent she moved from the microscopic to the macroscopic accepting the post of Clinical Audit Facilitator, at a London based hospital to Asst Press Officer at London Zoo. Her strategic aptitude, combined with her marketing and people skills were invaluable in structuring both fledgling departments, prompting, a career that has spanned a number of interesting avenues; including life coaching, as well as the research, development and production of natural history programs for television. It was during one of these forays that she then met her colleague, Michelle, a like minded and enterprising entrepreneur.
Lilamani is involved with various networking and community based groups such as Ecademy and XL Life. Her interests are wide ranging with a love of adventure travel, sports, reading, painting and dance.
Lilamani’s broad range of experiences, knowledge and interaction past and present with people from all walks of life have served her well in co-creating products that are fun and socially interactive. These skills combined with that of her co-founder Michelle Burke, and their vision as a team is what has inspired them to establish Interact Games LLC.