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Keynote Speaker, Author, & Executive Coach

As a published author and preeminent thought leader on sensitivity and achievement in the workplace, Melody helps organizations worldwide engage and empower their top performers.

Keynote Speaker, Author, & Executive Coach

As a published author and preeminent thought leader on sensitivity and achievement in the workplace, Melody helps organizations worldwide engage and empower their top performers.

 

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Melody’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, NBC News, and dozens of other high-profile publications. 

Recently named one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative Coaches,” Melody’s client list includes hundreds of CEOs, executives, and top-performers at the world’s most successful companies, including Google, Facebook, IBM, Netflix, and more.

Her recent speaking engagements include Amazon, Stanford University, Walmart, Conde Nast, Rutgers University, Adweek, and many other distinguished organizations. 

Melody is a licensed social worker with a Masters degree from Columbia University, and a former researcher at Rutgers University. She teaches Human Behavior at Hunter College and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider.

Her book, Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions into Success at Work (Chronicle Books) debuted as a #1 New Release in multiple Amazon categories and was selected by Apple Books as a “Best Book of the Month” for May 2021.

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Speaking

Empower your top performers to reach their full potential. Melody’s talks are known for perfectly blending stories, research, strategy, and inspiration. She arms audiences with new mindsets and practical skills they need to lead confidently, leverage their strengths, and thrive in today’s world of work.

Melody’s keynotes and workshops are based on her ten years of coaching high-performers at companies like Google and Amazon. Her talks feature the latest psychology, workplace, and leadership research and insights.

Melody’s sensitive strengths make her an empathetic presenter and skilled workshop facilitator who’s able to connect to audiences quickly and create an engaging experience that inspires them to action. Look no further for a communications speaker or management speaker for your next event.

Recent speaking engagements include:

Melody is extensively knowledgeable and presents in a high-value, high-caliber way that balances expertise and relatability. Her insight was actionable and our members left feeling inspired and empowered. The event was our highest attendance to date. The positive feedback keeps pouring in!

Emily Rassam, Women in pensions network

Brand Partnerships

Let’s collaborate to create custom campaigns that engage, inform, and inspire audiences to take action. 

My content receives over 145,000 views each month, in addition to my columns for publications like Forbes, Business Insider, and Quartz. 

My clients and readers are smart, sensitive high-achievers from around the world, including CEOs, executives, managers, and top-performers at the world’s most successful companies.

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Most Requested Talks

Below is a list of my most requested talks. This list isn’t exhaustive, so if you think I’d be a great fit to give a talk on a different topic, get in touch – I’d love to hear about it. Please note I always customize my talks to meet the interests of your audience and the goals of your event.

KEYNOTE TALK

Trust Yourself: Sensitivity as Superpower in the Workplace

What if you were neglecting the value of 20% of your workforce? A report by the World Economic Forum on the future of jobs states that by 2025, skills like critical thinking, problem solving, self-management, working with people, and communication will be the most in-demand. One often overlooked group employees disproportionately exemplifies these traits, and can be your superheroes in the workplace of today – and tomorrow. They are called Sensitive Strivers

Based on Melody’s book, Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work, this keynote, presents a visionary approach to reframing sensitivity and achievement in the workplace.

Attendees will walk away with strategies to fully leverage the assets Sensitive Strivers have to offer in order to boost engagement, innovation, revenue and more. 

Key takeaways: 

Melody's insightful keynote attracted over 2,000 of our members. The topic and research she presented was very timely, and the discussion resonated deeply with our audience. We received highly positive feedback that our members found Melody's keynote extremely helpful and productive. We can't wait to have her back in the future!

Julia Cutler, Alumni Learning Consortium

WORKSHOP or BREAKOUT SESSION

Find Freedom From Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon where high-achievers think they’re inadequate and incapable. It causes smart professionals to doubt their competence, despite their accomplishments. Up to 50% of both men and women struggle with imposter syndrome weekly. Burnout, the most common consequence of imposter syndrome, costs the economy over $190 billion each year.

Attendees will walk away with greater confidence to take on new assignments and make a greater contribution in the workplace. They will also have tactics to apply to build a team culture that cultivates employee’s confidence.

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We felt lucky to have Melody speak about imposter syndrome. In her very interactive session, Melody connected with the audience and gave them a clear course of action to believe in their capabilities and make a bigger impact. Participants left feeling delighted, inspired, and confident.

Mary Farris, FairyGodboss

WORKSHOP OR BREAKOUT SESSION

Build Boundaries Like a Boss

Boundaries at work are more important – but harder to achieve – than ever before. Eighty-five percent of workers say their well-being has declined in the past year due in part to the lack of separation between work and life, according to Harvard Business Review. 

Boost employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention rates by arming your team with skills and mindset they need to set stronger workplace boundaries in a diplomatic way. Special attention is given to common scenarios relevant to the remote and in-person environment.

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Speak Up, Be Heard: How to be More Assertive at Work

Right now your best contributors may be holding back their brilliant ideas. Fear of conflict, people-pleasing, and perfectionism hold smart, successful professionals back from speaking up at work, even when they know they should. 

Empower your top performers advance through the skill of assertive communication. Attendees will discover how to get their voice heard and communicate with more personal power and presence. This is perfect for teams and professionals who want to improve their confidence and comfort level in common workplace scenarios like meetings, communicating with senior leaders, and giving feedback. Special consideration is given to communicating powerfully both the virtual and in-person environment.

Key Takeaways:

Sensitivity in the workplace is often referred to in a negative context. We’ve been taught to hide our emotions for fear of being perceived as “unprofessional.” But the truth is that the traits associated with highly sensitive professionals —empathy, self-awareness, critical thinking, communication, and intuition — are the “human skills” that will be the most valuable in the workplace of the future.

In this keynote, I draw on decades of research and client work to examine the intersection of sensitivity and achievement in the workplace and offer neuroscience-based strategies that individuals, leaders, and organizations can use to recognize sensitivity as a superpower, not a detriment.

Based on my book, Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work, this keynote offers strategies those who work with and manage Sensitive Strivers can use to get the best out of them. I also offer steps Sensitive Strivers themselves can take to reach their full potential. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify if you or someone you work with is a Sensitive Striver
  • Clarify how sensitivity shows up as both a strength and a weakness in leadership
  • Three key skills for thriving as a sensitive leader and building a winning team

Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon where high-achievers think they’re inadequate and incapable. It causes smart professionals to doubt their competence, despite their accomplishments. Up to 50% of both men and women struggle with imposter syndrome weekly. Burnout, the most common consequence of imposter syndrome, costs over the economy over $190 billion each year.

This talk will equip leaders with a toolbox of six research-backed skills they can immediately put into action to address imposter syndrome in themselves and in their teams. Attendees will walk away with greater confidence to take on new assignments and make a greater contribution in the workplace. They will also have tactics to apply to build a team culture that cultivates employee’s confidence. 

Key takeaways:

  • Identify the signs and behaviors of imposter syndrome in you or your staff
  • Stay calm and composed in the face of stress instead of freezing under pressure
  • Halt sabotaging thoughts in their path and build an empowering inner dialogue
  • Apply techniques to lead others through imposter syndrome

Boundaries at work are more important – but harder to achieve – than ever before. Eighty-five percent of workers say their well-being has declined in the past year due in part to the lack of separation between work and life, according to HBR. 

That’s why this talk with arm your team with skills to set stronger workplace boundaries to improve workplace satisfaction, performance, and productivity. Attendees will walk away with an actionable framework, strategies, and action steps to set limits in the workplace in a diplomatic way. Special attention is given to common scenarios relevant to the virtual world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Define what boundaries are and why they are crucial to improved workplace performance
  • Identify the difference between types of boundaries
  • Assess where they need stronger workplace boundaries
  • Apply their knowledge to set and maintain more effective workplace boundaries
  • Analyze real-world professional situations and increase their confidence and courage to set boundaries in these situations

Speaking up at work can be hard to do, even when you know you should. In this talk, leaders will learn how to assert themselves, get their voice heard, and communicate with more personal power and presence. This is perfect for teams and professionals who want to improve their confidence and comfort level in common workplace scenarios like meetings, communicating with senior leaders, and giving feedback. Special consideration is given to communicating powerfully in the virtual environment and remote workplace. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Ways to project more executive presence
  • Techniques to overcome impostor syndrome that are holding you back from being effective
  • How to advocate for yourself and be more visible
  • Tips to be a concise, powerful communicator in written and spoken communication

Empower your top-performers to reach their full potential.

Book Melody and give your team practical skills to lead confidently, leverage their strengths, and make an impact.

Melody in Action

Melody’s keynote for the Alumni Learning Consortium attracted over 2,000 registrants. Watch the recording

Melody speaking for Amazon’s Author Fishbowl, viewed over 21,000 times. Watch the recording.

Small group leadership workshop at Adweek.

Melody on ABC Affiliate, WJLA, discussing how to say no at work.

Our Herman Miller designers were captivated by Melody's talk. Even better, they left with meaningful steps to advocate for themselves in the workplace. Melody's messaging and content is a valuable new resource in our tool kit of workplace advancement know-how.

Deirdre Cimino, Herman Miller

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Praise for Melody

“Melody was so knowledgeable and led an insightful, hands-on workshop that left the team feeling cathartic and more knowledgeable about themselves, too.”
Ko Im
ADWEEK
“Melody has a science-based approach to her work and an engaging, relatable way of speaking about it. Her tips are actionable and easy to follow. The insight she brings to the topic is memorable. Months later, colleagues are still talking about her visit.”
Heather Landy
Quartz
“Feedback from the group was so positive, everyone really felt like they got something meaningful and actionable out of the conversation.”
Stephanie Rosenthal
Inturn
“We felt lucky to have Melody speak about imposter syndrome. In her very interactive session, Melody connected with the audience and gave them a clear course of action to believe in their capabilities and make a bigger impact. Participants left feeling delighted, inspired, and confident.”
Mary Pharris
Fairygodboss
“Melody's event had the highest attendance to date for our chapter and the positive feedback keeps pouring in!”
Emily Rassam
Women In Pensions Network
“Melody has led multiple webinars for us. There's a reason we invite her back! Her presentations are always a total hit with our members. The practical, concrete tools she provides give our community strategies to implement at their workplaces right away. Melody is a true pro who is also warm and thoughtful.”
Allison Medina
Tech Ladies

Melody is a terrific speaker. Her talk was inspiring and thought-provoking, and was received with glowing enthusiasm by our audience of highly accomplished, professional women.

Maria Frantzis, Founder of Hellenic Professional Women
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TV & Media

Looking to interview a psychology and workplace expert for print or online media, television, or a podcast? With ten years of experience as an executive and leadership coach, Melody’s media appearances will fascinate your audience and generates clicks and shares.

If you’re in need of a sought-after expert source who knows how to cut to the heart of the matter while delivering timely, relatable, and actionable advice (on a tight deadline!), you’ve come to the right place.

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Fill out the form below and Melody or her team will be in touch within one business day. Speaking inquires can also be directed to Blair Nichols of BBN Management at bbn@bbncreativemanagement.com.

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