Melissa is the program manager for the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP). Like all highly competent and ambitious professional, she has expanded her contribution to the Africa-America Institute beyond TLP. Additionally, TLP has flourished exponentially under her management. She understands the importance of leadership and management training in the US and in Africa. Her competencies include a keen understanding of life-long learning, skills training, M&E, data-led decision making and the use of technology in education. She is a team player and a joy to work with. She knows how to build and maintain partnerships.
- A. KAJUNJU, CEO, IUGB FOUNDATION
(FORMER CEO, AFRICA AMERICA INSTITUTE)
I’ve done many different leadership seminars but I found [the Leadership for Change & Impact workshop's] take unique, refreshing and current to the times.
- WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT
I really appreciate the way that Melissa related the discussion of leadership to actual lived contexts which were real and relevant to the participants. Some of the participants became quite emotional in thinking about ways in which the content related to their lives, and it was wonderful to see how people supported each other in unpacking and understanding concepts and their application in the small group discussions.
- G. ATTWOOD, SOUTH AFRICA MANAGER
Melissa is methodical, thoughtful, intuitive, systematic and results-oriented with a multi-cultural contextual orientation and understanding. She is always trying to find a way to improve current processes in order to meet more refined goals.
- D. DAVIS, PRINCIPAL
The concepts of adaptive and disruptive leadership were very useful, as were the discussions around different barriers to change. These discussions formed a lens for me to frame other discussions about change during the rest of the conference. I hope that going forward in my work, I will use these concepts to understand my own organisation, and the bigger picture of other changes in society.
- CONFERENCE ORGANIZER
Melissa is a joy to collaborate with as she the ultimate professional and generous teammate alike. Her vast experience shows her awareness that program development and fundraising must have a functional and collaborative relationship in order to advance strategic organizational growth. She is a patient and critical thinker who understands and thrives within many cross-disciplinary dynamics. She is unrelenting in her pursuit of new knowledge and interventions which could bring value to her clients' theories of change.
- B. McGINLEY, PRINCIPAL, GREENVALE STRATEGIES
The workshop was illuminating and focused on practical examples which made the discussions more understandable and interesting. The presenter used quite a number of techniques and involved everyone in the discussions.
- WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT