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Melissa is a renowned speaker, author and coach certified by the International Coaches Federation as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Team Performance Coach (CTPC), and Conscious Business Coach. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm), is a contributor to the Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Entrepreneur and is regularly featured on top podcast, radio and television programs. She is the author of the bestselling book, I Attract What I Am – Transforming Failure Into An Orgasmically Joyful Life & Business, and was named one of Hubspot’s Best Coaching Services worldwide for 2019 and 2020.
Like so many people, I spent years saying yes when I meant no, bending to the will of others and conforming to societal norms, essentially giving pieces of myself away in both my personal and professional life. Overachieving, but unfulfilled in my career, agreeable in relationships, but desperately unhappy, and feeling disrespected because I wasn’t respecting myself. Once I understood – fully understood – that genuine, sustainable happiness has to start within, everything changed.
Over the course of my professional career, I transitioned through a number of careers and industries, working myself up to VP of Marketing. Throughout that journey, I had the opportunity to work in such roles as Management, Leadership Development, HR, Business Development and Operations. I enjoyed each of these roles… until I didn’t. I would go into each challenge full of energy and eventually end up feeling like I was running on empty and totally unfulfilled. Then life really happened. In just one year, I was divorced, a single mother and in a work situation that required a change of jobs, ASAP. It was then that I decided enough was enough. I needed to make changes in my life, but not just externally anymore. I needed to take a brave step and start from within.
Melissa is a dynamic, humorous and very courageous coach. She organized a very enjoyable activity … I wish her a lot of success!
Melissa is truly a fantastic speaker. At every occasion I have seen her speak, she delivered professional and authentic work. She is charismatic, brave and creative, and she thinks outside the box. She has excellent speaking skills and develops a true rapport with her audience while advocating mutual respect. Her mix of authenticity, experience and knowledge on different subject matter makes her stand out as a very unique speaker. Melissa’s speaking has impacted me, my business and my career in a tremendous way. I recommend Melissa to any Fortune 500, Firm or Startup that dares to bravely improve and excel with a positive attitude and heartfelt energy.
It was evident that Melissa put an amazing amount of preparation into the materials and handouts she created for her workshop. Her message was insightful, engaging, and exciting. As a speaker she was able to facilitate the group in a way to better communicate what was unique about them. It was a great experience.
Melissa, I want to thank you for saying yes to speaking to our group of women. You were 100% prepared, professional and perfectly poised, grabbing all our attention. With not a whole lot of time, you managed to pack in plenty of thought-provoking ideas about discovering our 3 top values and how staying true to them makes for a more joyful life. And, you even fit in a fun, interactive exercise too! Full of light and positive energy, Melissa, you rocked it!
“Melissa Dawn is not only a life coach and author of an international amazon best seller, but she is a person that connects on an individual level to each person she meets.” We had the honor and privilege to have Melissa as a guest speaker at “THE SINGLE PARENT FOUNDATION.”.
As founder and executive director of the organization, I can say that she is a compassionate and amazing human being.
Through her workshop she has inspired many single moms and has given them back the confidence they lacked. She is an amazing human being who is passionate about helping people live the life they always wanted.
It takes courage to look inside, but I did it. I allowed myself to be vulnerable and started to see where I was stuck, triggered and insecure. I saw where I needed to heal, so that I could become my best self. I took the time to get to know me and found what I love to do.
By connecting with my true self and inner wisdom, I’m able to form deeper and more meaningful connections with people and be happier in all areas of my life.
I left that high paying VP Marketing job where I felt unfulfilled just “creating successful products, marketing campaigns and surpassing sales objectives.” I realized I wanted to create a greater impact in the world and really shake things up, so I embarked on a professional journey where I now feel fueled from the inside out.
I left an unhappy marriage where I had been draining myself trying to be someone else, instead of being loved and supported exactly as I am, and found myself again.
I trained with and was guided by top coaches and became certified by internationally acclaimed coaching programs including the International Coaches Federation (ICF) where I earned my PCC (professional certified coach), the Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) where I got my CPCC (certified professional co-active coach), as well as Team Coaching International where I achieved my CTPC (certified team performance coach).
I developed workshops, programs and keynotes that blend western ideology, eastern philosophy and proven coaching strategies to bring unconventional and actionable wisdom to my coaching.
Most of all, I learned how to show up as my true self, unapologetically. I learned how to bring out what others tried to keep down, to drop the masks I’d been conditioned to wear and to ditch the boxes people tried to put me in. I learned the real value of my innate strengths and how to bring them forward with confidence and courage.
I know how to tap into my inner wisdom. I know that doing so steers us onto the path that is best for us, and keeps us strong and firm when challenges arise. I also know that if we don’t tap into it and let it guide us, we won’t feel fulfilled and aligned with our true selves. We will always feel an internal struggle, like Sisyphus, endlessly pushing that boulder up the hill. Finally, I know how to help others drop their masks, their need to please or impress, their self-limiting beliefs, and tune into who they truly are and the path that is best for them.
One of the greatest lessons I learned along the way is that mastering leadership, inspiring others, building great teams and creating amazing organizations all starts with mastering leadership of yourself. When we take full authorship of our own lives, we are empowered to lead from the heart, creating space and support for those around us to bring their best selves to everything that they do. That’s how we lead, and that’s how we change the world.
We can all do this. We have a responsibility to bring our best selves forward and to inspire others to do the same. This is how we shake up the world and create the shifts we need for better tomorrows.
When we drop those self-limiting masks we’re conditioned to wear, we change our whole approach to the world. We approach it with courage, empathy and confidence, and create space in ourselves and around us for creativity to thrive.
Today, my life and work are in service to others. I work with people and organizations to increase positivity, creativity and productivity by guiding people to bring their unique strengths forward with confidence and courage. To have the courage to look within themselves and drop the masks. To tap into their inner leader and bring it forward in all that they do. This is how we create better people, better communities, better businesses and a better world.