In 1985, Onlee earned her Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University in organizational and public communication. She remained on CMU’s faculty until the early 1990’s teaching courses in advanced public speaking, leadership, organizational communication and teamwork. She left CMU to begin her own consulting firm and specialized in professional speech coaching, organizational development and executive consulting. As a communication specialist, she followed the 1992 presidential campaigns and was a regular guest in George Weeks’ Detroit News Sunday column. More recently, Onlee has been appearing on the Michael Patrick Shiels, Michigan Morning Show aired out of Lansing, MI.

In 2008 Onlee authored Another Great Story, a Grand Traverse Chamber of Commerce book that tells the back stories of thirty-seven entrepreneurs who live and work in the Grand Traverse area. In 2015, Onlee wrote Flip It On Its Ear, A Radical Approach to Public Speaking; a book based on her 35 years of teaching, writing, and speaking on the power of the spoken word.

Her passion work involves living in a small mountain village in Haiti. When asked what she does there, she writes, “As an American, I am slowly learning what it means to be and not do, and to learn and not teach… I have a long road ahead of me.”

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