Internet traffic exclusive interview with Melissa
When did you start your journey?
I have been a CFO for New Jersey Public Schools for over 30 years but 10 years ago I wanted more, so I started my self-discovery journey. I found a coach and mentor and she helped me create a life plan. This took me on a brand new journey to become passionately employed. I opened the door for my gifts and talents. I become an author, certified coach and mentor and started my brand Girl Boss’d Up!
Did you get any time to reflect on how far you came?
I did. As a wife and mother of 3, you make decisions in your life to put husband, marriage and children first. But when my 3rd child, CJ graduated from high school, my husband and I started our “2nd Half” of life’s journey and started to do the things we had put off for a long time. I retired, moved to another state, we built our dream home and started our business.
What’s the hardest part of your job? Getting more time! I haven’t limited myself to just one passion or gift. I’m doing whatever I want to. So I’m teaching, coaching, doing interior design, co-hosting a talk show “FEM TALK” , my husband and I started our consulting business, hosting my second annual Women’s Summit and I authored “The Girl Boss’d Up 30 Day Journal” of self discovery which available on Amazon. The Sky is the limit!
Do you have anything new to tell the upcoming professionals who do what you do?
I do! On March 8, 2024 I’m am hosting the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit in the NY/NJ area. I believe in women owning their leadership and getting their seat at the table. So the Summit is geared to give women strategies, tools and empowerment to walk into those C-Suite spaces and own it!
What’s does collaborating mean to you and how does it relate to you and your brand today?
Collaboration is everything to me. When I entered the business world 30 years ago as a black woman, for years I was the only one in those spaces. Being in those spaces alone gave me the insight to use my seat at the table to pour my knowledge, experience and wisdom into other black and brown colleagues and get them/help them get a seat at the table also. Thats the problem. Too many of us get to the table and think it stops there. No! More of us need to be at the table in order to make the impact that will positively change the narrative that has been skewed to favor people that don’t look nor live like us! We have been denied so many things because the algorithm have been manipulated to favor others. It’s time for our insight to change the way things run and create new spaces and opportunities for this generation and the next.
Why did you get into your niche?
Because no one that looked like me was there. The “good old boys club” wasn’t letting us in. And if they did, they owned you. That not ok. So I decided to create a niche where those that look like me had the opportunities that previously had been denied to us.
Where do you see yourself/brand in the next 5 years?
I see Girl Boss’d Up smashing down doors and creating spaces that now reflect more of what society really looks like. I see myself as the Oprah of business black and brown business women leaders, and a voice and avenue for women empowerment and self discovery!