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5 Things You Didn't Know About Michelle Obama

[fa icon="calendar'] September 26, 2017 / by Eric Daniel

HubSpot's Inbound 2017 conference is under way and the former first lady, Michelle Obama is today's keynote speaker. She's known as a world-class communicator, advocate for global education, and an example for leading with openness and inclusivity. She also single-handedly made vegetables cool again.

Before you tune into her keynote, check out a few of the lesser-known facts about Michelle and her life.




1. Michelle, her brother, and both parents all skipped second grade.

  • Raised with an emphasis on education, both Michelle and her brother Craig skipped second grade and learned to read by the age of four. She continued to excel in school; in high school she made an hour commute to a magnet school where she graduated salutatorian.


2. She attended Princeton AND Harvard

  • Though her high school professors doubted her, she went on to complete a Sociology degree from Princeton and then attend Harvard Law School. She is one of three First Ladies to have a post graduate degree, along with Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.


3. She was assigned to be Barack’s mentor when he came to the law firm she was working at in Chicago.

  • After setting Barack up with a couple of her friends, the couple eventually started dating. “My father and I had a theory that you can really tell what somebody’s personality is like by playing basketball with him,” Michelle said. “Thankfully, he was fine. Confident without being cocky, selfless without being wimpy, and willing to sublimate his ego for the team. I gave him a good report.”

 michelle obama with school children

4. She Exercises...a ton.

  • You know the saying, “practice what you preach?” Michelle is living this motto. With her “Let’s Move” campaign to encourage young kids to get outside and be active, she spends at least 90 minutes 3 times a week working out. Her friends have been known to say, “she works out like a gladiator.”


5. She left a career in corporate law to work in public service

  • There’s no doubt that Michelle cares about people. In 1993 she left a large corporate law firm in order to assist the mayor of Chicago. From here she went on to help found the city’s Office of Public Allies. She joined the University of Chicago as associate dean of student services and developed the school’s first community service program.


There's no doubt how unique and inspiring the path of Michelle Obama's life has been. We can't wait for her to take the the stage to kick off another day of product announcements and the future of Inbound Marketing.

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Eric Daniel

Written by Eric Daniel