Melissa Majors

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Melissa Majors has spent 25+ years of her career optimizing the business impact of education, innovation, inclusion, and leadership. She started Melissa Majors Consulting to drive better strategic decision-making in these areas and works with organizations across the country to effectively measure their inclusion and diversity performance. She has extensive experience at Meeting Professionals International, Ellucian, and other organizations in improving profitability, boosting organizational performance, and optimizing inclusion strategies. 


Melissa is the author of The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders. In this book, she reveals how great leaders enjoy superior team performance and drives much higher profitability by incorporating inclusive practices.


Melissa Majors is a crowd-pleasing speaker who masters brain-friendly talks that engage her audiences and spark not just inspiration but action as well. Founder of Melissa Majors Consulting, creator of in’klooded®, an inclusive strategic planning method that ensures all voices get heard, and Community Keynotes an inclusive process that draws out game-changing ideas ® a coaching program. She is an innovator and optimizer of education, inclusion, & leadership strategies. She has dedicated her career to maximizing the business impact associated with these areas of focus.


Her firm, Melissa Majors Consulting, has extensive experience and a proven reputation for driving better business outcomes through innovative and inclusive strategic planning. She brings deep expertise in improving profitability and innovation, boosting team and organizational performance, and optimizing inclusion strategies. 


Melissa has been a force of change throughout her professional career. She has served on the board of The Propel Group DFW, as the Director of Global Education at Meeting Professionals International (MPI) where she used executive leadership to drive global education strategies and develop excellence in teams. She revamped the educational division to effectively serve 500k+ clients and strategic partners as the Director, Global Education Services at Ellucian. 


Melissa has been featured in publications such as Forbes Magazine, Smart Meetings, The Meeting Professional, NorthStar Meetings Group's Eventful Podcast, The Event DR, and on the keynote stage at events such as Meeting Professional's International's WEC, Matthews Asia, Orthofix, Blue Shield of CA, State Street, Institute for Internal Auditors, and many more.


Melissa has a Bachelor of Business Administration and studied strategy and innovation at Harvard University.


Melissa lives in the DFW area with her husband and two young sons. She loves the outdoors, including freshwater fishing and camping.


Speaking Topics

The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders
What do inclusive leaders do? What specific actions do they take to demonstrate a commitment to inclusion? Inclusive leadership expert Melissa Majors is an innovator and optimizer of inclusion, leadership, and education strategies. In The 7 Habits of Inclusive Leaders, she reveals how great leaders enjoy superior team performance and drive much higher profitability by incorporating inclusive practices. These behaviors fall into seven categories: Business Process, Collaboration, Mindset, Leading Self and Others, Decisions, Values, Empathy. This discussion is for all leaders; leaders of self, people, initiatives, and organizations. 

Help Her Thrive: Leadership Strategies for Women’s Success 
Women commonly experience unique workplace challenges due to covert competition, microaggressions, lack of sponsors and mentors, balancing authenticity and assimilation, gaining and retaining power, being heard, increased scrutiny, etc. However, women’s success is not just a woman’s issue. Without the avid support of men, often the most influential stakeholders in many large corporations, significant progress toward ending gender disparities are unlikely. During this talk, Melissa of Melissa Majors Consulting examines research, scenarios, and best practices for leveraging ethical leadership to mitigate barriers to women’s success. This discussion is relevant for both men and women in manager and non-manager roles. 

Busy Bosses: Leadership Lessons for Leaders Who Don’t Have Time for Leadership Lessons 
Want to be an even better leader? Of course! But really, who has time to invest in leadership training? Not the leaders who need it; they’re too busy leading! Some of the trends covered include: Prioritization, Intellectual Humility, Overcoming Fear of Conflict, Fostering Trust Across Difference, Virtual Collaboration, Tactical Empathy, Empowering Others, Inclusion, Maintaining Mental Clarity, Servant Leadership. During this talk, Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, synthesizes best practices for evolved leadership into a comprehensive course that you actually have time to take! This discussion is relevant for leaders of people and initiatives. 

Help Them Thrive: Boost Employee Engagement, Retention, and Well-Being
There's hope! High-performing leaders detoxify their workplaces through tactics that rehumanize themselves, their teams, and their company cultures. They simplify over-engineered experiences and embrace the humanity of those they lead and serve. During this fun, inspirational, yet actionable experience, Melissa Majors examines research, stories, and best practices for mitigating unintentional toxicities and boosting engagement, high performance, and team happiness. Based on neuroscience, research, and common sense, she illuminates profound insights and simple tips you can immediately use to become an even better leader. This discussion is relevant for all leaders.

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"Grateful! As for the MB, I just got off a zoom call with Stephanie and we were both singing your praises. She mentioned that she is grateful for the support I have given to our DEIB efforts and the reception this has all received from our leadership team – very much mirroring the comments you shared below. It’s great to hear from both of you that we are on the right path and to know that our leaders believe that we’ll need continued focus/investment in order to get the results we seek.”

CEO, MindBody

"We witnessed a room full of smiling faces and we discussed supporting the thriving of women in higher ed. Melissa you were my favorite speaker. It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for packing this day with discussions, ideas, and tactics that will empower women in higher education. I hope we meet again.”

Board of Directors, ACE Women's Network Executive Council (WNEC)

“Many of our colleagues attended the ACE Women's conference and saw Ms. Majors speak and were absolutely blown away. They have not stopped talking about her talk, and shared some recordings of her work. We truly feel that Leadership Strategies for Women’s Success would be a phenomenal keynote speaker for our inaugural Women of Color conference, a one-day leadership-focused event for student women of color attending California State University, Long Beach and truly make an impact in our students' lives.”

California State University