Abby Murray Vachon

Abby is undoubtedly a people person who believes one of the most powerful things we can do is not only share our own stories, but listen deeply to others. In fact, she believes that truly listening to others is the most underrated skill of this century. Drawing from her background across the arts, politics, and business, Abby has found that listening and learning is the only way to make teams more successful today and yield a more inclusive tomorrow. 

Abby was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and starting from the age of 6 her love of stories encouraged her to pursue a career in acting. For the next twenty years, she honed her craft at institutes such as Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, and eventually graduated from Wright State University with BFA in Acting & Musical Theatre. She then went on to study improv and sketch comedy at The Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Some of her favorite credits include the Jeff Award-winning production of Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre), An Evening with Leslie Uggams (Victoria Theatre), and playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (SouthWestern Michigan Symphony Orchestra). 

Countless hours of hearing other people’s experiences at work––and witnessing the untapped potential of her talented peers––motivated Abby to focus on how she could help promote positive work cultures and help people find jobs they were more engaged in. This drew Abby to People, Culture, and Hiring––serving most recently as the Deputy Director of People on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.

Abby is currently finishing up her MBA through the Collaborative MBA program with an emphasis in Leadership for Common Good. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, especially going to the dog park with her dog, Mr. Rogers, and finding ways to bring some musical theatre into her life.