Michael Simpson

Co-Founder and CEO, PAIRIN


US & Canada




Overcoming a troubled childhood of abuse, financial difficulty and barely graduating high school led to Michael co-founding PAIRIN with a mission to make education relevant and hiring equitable. PAIRIN revolutionizes career exploration, professional development, and hiring to prioritize an individual’s experience and competencies. His passion for helping people reach their potential was fueled by his personal life experience, successful career as as software executive turned executive coach, and spending six years living in Russia coaching many at-risk young adults to successful careers. As the CEO of PAIRIN, he works to bridge the opportunity gap for future generations by enabling educators and employers to predict and develop behavioral performance.

Michael works on national working groups and committees like Connecting Credentials, serves as co-chair of the Denver Metro Tech Partnership, is a member of the Colorado Succeeds advisory board, and has been a speaker at 100s of events and conferences around the world on topics such as technology, changing markets, coaching, professional development and creating opportunities for all individuals through equitable hiring. He is an ICF certified executive coach, avid fly fisherman and award-winning chocolatier.

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