Michele L. Cunningham

Teaching Professor

  • Faculty

What I do

My primary purpose at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business is to inspire students to develop the ability and skills to market and sell themselves and the organizations, causes, and ideas that matter to them.


Sales, Digital Selling, Content Marketing

Professional Biography

15 Years of industry, 12 years of academic experience
MBA, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Michele Cunningham is a Teaching Associate Professor in the marketing department of the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. She has been nominated for teaching innovation and has won faculty awards for teaching and subject matter excellence. Leveraging her graduate work, teaching, and years of industry experience, Michele has developed both the sales and business-to-business curricula at DU. She augments the classroom environment and students' learning with the real-world application of marketing concepts. In her sales class, Michele motivates students to apply the strategic selling model onto their personal career quests. She focuses on the transformational aspect of the undergraduate experience to facilitate students' understanding of the importance of establishing, building, and promoting themselves and the causes and ideas that matter to them. Ms. Cunningham is a sought-after instructor and speaker on campus and has presented at corporate, career and campus events including "Backpacks to Briefcases" at the University of Denver. She established the Sales Leadership Center at Daniels and serves as the Associate Director where she runs student sales initiatives, competitions, and internship programs.

Prior to her academic endeavors, Michele spent 15 years in industry with companies ranging from Fortune 50 to small family businesses where she specialized in sales, marketing, strategic planning and operations. Ms. Cunningham has worked in both the private sector and not-for-profit world including Georgia Pacific, Equifax, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and The New York Public Library. More recently, Michele was engaged as the Senior Marketing Associate in a start-up technology and strategic consulting venture.


  • MBA, General Business, University of Denver, 1998
  • BA, Geography, Bucknell University, 1986

Licensure / Accreditations

  • The Science of Well-Being
  • Certified, Teaching Online

Professional Affiliations

  • Marketing Educators Association
  • Marketing Management Association


Cunningham, M. (2018). Business Development and Marketing Roundtable. Women's Leadership Retreat. Kigali, Rwanda: Global Livingston Institute.