Perpetual light: A tribute to Patricia Michels

By Heather Romero

When Patricia (“Pat”) Michels lost her long-fought battle with cancer on October 31st, it felt like the glow of a candle’s flame was extinguished. Pat literally lit up a room with her infectious smile. She had the innate gift of making others around her feel significant, and she seemed to have the perfect words to turn challenging situations into manageable opportunities.

Over her 30 years at National Grid, through her generosity and humanity, Pat demonstrated that success isn’t judged by how we advance as individuals but by how we lift each other up collectively. She started her career in 1987 in Human Resources, moving through various roles that led her to management positions in Compensation, HRIS, Employee Services and as an HR Business Partner. After proving her leadership accomplishments in these departments, Pat was promoted to Director first leading the HR Business Partner team and then Compensation and Benefits. From 2012 – 2014, Pat was named Executive Advisor to US President Tom King and, following that two-year role, was promoted to Vice President overseeing the LIPA transition. After a year as VP of Change and Capability, her last position was serving as the National Grid Loaned Officer to United Way–a fitting role for a woman so comfortable aiding others.

Pat pictured at Girls Inc. of Long Island event where she was honored last November 2016

To honor Pat’s legacy and perpetuate her light, National Grid will establish two STEM-focused camps for 100 young women over the next 5 years: one at Girls Inc. and the other at United Way. Our company will also fund two ‘Pat Michels scholarships’ for 10 students over the next 5 years: one at Sacred Heart and the other at Bishop Kearney.

If you want to express your support of Pat and her legacy, you can donate to the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign by clicking here and by committing to early cancer screenings for yourself and your loved ones. Employee donations will be matched by National Grid. Click here for the Cybergrants matching program site.


Kathleen Schwartng

Thank you National Grid for your wonderful and generous tribute to Pat’s memory. I feel privileged to have known Pat both at National Grid and as a friend in our private lives. She truly was a very special person who will be dearly missed.


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