Starting her career working at the branch of a local bank while completing her degree in Philosophy, Melanie is now a Management Consultant/Strategist in personal and business development, with over 18 years experience working for global brands including IBM and Ernst & Young, specialising in business transformation, and working with companies to identify strategic priorities for revenue generation and profitable growth. She spent several years travelling the globe, working with the worlds leading financial institutions in identifying and implementing strategic growth initiatives.
Based on her extensive career experience, she is now a professor at Hult Ashridge International Business School where she has taught Global Operational Strategy, Strategic Business Models, and Leadership & Management. She spends the rest of her time working with both individuals and organisations in developing the areas of personal and business development.
Passionate about uncovering role models and inspiring a new generation of leaders, Melanie has been an advocate of diversity and inclusion and has given several talks and media appearances on progression in the workplace and the international equality of women and girls.
Based on her advocacy work on the gender agenda, Melanie started the Black British Business Awards in 2012 to reflect the outstanding achievements and contributions of black business people to the UK economy. For her, these awards are a collaborative, wholly inclusive initiative that highlights inspiring role models, challenges outdated stereotypes, and most importantly, is a vehicle for economic empowerment and equality.
Sponsors of the BBBAwards include EY, Accenture, Baker & McKenzie, Barclays, BET, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, BP, EDF Energy, Cisco, JP Morgan, KPMG, Mediacom, Microsoft, National Grid, Pearsons, Rolls Royce, RBS, Thomson Reuters, UBS, Virgin Money and the Evening Standard as media sponsor.
In addition to her advocacy work, Melanie is a writer and broadcaster, and regularly appears on news channels here and abroad promoting economic empowerment, diversity and leadership development while also writing her blog which has featured on the Huffington Post and Management Today.
She is a regular speaker and lecturer and has delivered sessions at organisations such as Arup, BAFTA, BONY, BT, GE, IBM, EDF, EY, Network Rail, Sky, Inseec, and UCL on topics ranging from Leadership & Management, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, and Strategic Business Growth.
Alongside being the Chair of the BBBAs, Melanie serves on several boards including the Creative Industries Federation and London Works as an Ambassador for their initiatives and policy work, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and still loves being a leadership consultant/coach through her own personal and business development company – Fresh Ideas.