hey y'all, i'm Mel

Writer

storyteller

project manager

consultant

I’m here to help you navigate your faith, passions, & professions – emphasis on the (s). Consider this your safe place where you can grow freely, releasing the shame of yesterday and receiving permission to thrive in your tomorrow. My goal? To walk with you in the in-between.

Today, I’m a sought-after writer and speaker, leading project manager and consultant, and a proud 9-5preneur crazy about Jesus and His people.

But, not too long ago, I didn’t even want to be here. I had a degree, but no goals, little money, zero faith, a lot of debt, legal troubles, and a broken heart. I couldn’t even wrap my head around purpose because I was hopeless. 

But at my rock bottom, I found THE ROCK. And in just a short window, He not only gave me purpose, but He walked me through a beautiful transformation that’s still happening daily. Check out my full testimony video here

You see, I’m not here to get you to a destination of perfection. That doesn’t exist. But, I’m here to walk with you through the journey, giving encouragement for your soul and equipping you for what God has called to do on this Earth. 

So, around here, we embrace The Rough Draft. A rough draft is a raw, incomplete, & flawed version of our thoughts. It has the potential to be a masterpiece, but it requires lots of refining & editing. Likewise in this life, we want the masterpiece of a successful life without embracing our rough draft seasons. But, God is more interested in being your life-long Editor than your one-hit-wonder. 

My Rough Draft is about understanding that God can do more with your less. He can do more with your shortcomings & lack than He can with your mirage of false success. He has given you everything you need to start now. So, together as a community, we allow Him to exceed our expectations as we make the daily decision to be obedient by MOVEMENT. The process can be hard. But, in the end, we’ll become His best-sellers. Check out My Rough Draft podcast here.

Now, I also believe that this Great God has also called you to be great in your career and business! He has called us to WORK as unto Him [Colossians 3:23]. We need your prayers AND your strategy. We need your creativity AND your professionalism. Here, you can excel in your career AND your business. So, I help professionals, entrepreneurs, and businesses bring meaning back to their work! People have placed so many limits on what they think you can do. But, it’s time to redefine your work.

 Through my consulting agency, WorkRedefined, I help you launch & manage your careers & businesses through professional training/development, team-building, project and operations management, and consulting! So, if you need help with your career and business, check out my services here

Keep scrolling for more on my career and business journey! 

WHY AM I so passionate about career and business?

As a post-grad millennial, I really struggled to find my place in corporate America. Fresh out of college with a biomedical sciences degree, I was hired by one of the top healthcare organizations to be a front desk receptionist. Then, I was promoted within 3 months to a project coordinator role. I couldn’t figure out if I wanted to attempt medical school even though I didn’t have the grades, or try for nursing, PA, healthcare administration, or public health. Clearly, I had no direction. And, I ended up doing none of those things.
While figuring out my next big move, I was also struggling in my current role. Don’t get me wrong. I did great on the job! I was always applauded for my work, but something was missing. I was a good hire, but I didn’t have a real seat at the table. My voice was often minimized due to my title, age, race, and gender. My desired reach and impact were often limited as I left my job overworked, underpaid, and underwhelmed. I truly wanted an impactful career. But, I was exhausted with endless research and still not knowing how…

THEN, THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE.

After a challenging conversation with my boss around my unfulfillment and uncertainty, we began to create a plan of action. I was enrolled in the New Leaders Certification Program within my organization. I gained decades worth of knowledge on navigating the workplace and leading with people and purpose in mind. I also endured a rigorous Career Development Program gaining the skills and tools needed to help myself and others transform their careers. 

Then, I went back to school for my MBA and Lean Six Sigma certification while also earning a Project Management certification (all while working full-time). It was hard work, but I was on fire to create a meaningful career and position myself as the expert I knew I was within. I was promoted quickly (twice in one year) and on my way to an impactful & prosperous career. 

But, I came to a crossroads. Am I going to keep all this knowledge and experience to myself? Or, am I going to pay it forward to help someone else? 

A few months later, I started a brand & blog to help millennials navigate their post-grad transitions and career paths. Seeing my audience go from post-grad depression to living purposeful lives was mind-blowing. Seeing them expand beyond their limitations to create real impact became my why. 

Fast forward to today, I’m an industry-leading, PMP-certified project manager and coach managing multi-million dollar projects for corporate America. I’m an MBA graduate, certified in Lean Six Sigma, meaning I’m professionally trained to help organizations achieve their missions, reduce wasteful activities, and improve how they work daily. I leverage my expertise & experience to help multifaceted professionals, solopreneurs, & companies be successful at work, expand their impact, and work better together. I also serve as a thought leader, empowering others through writing and speaking to thrive in their daily journeys of faith, life, and work.

For my career clients, I utilize the strategies that quadrupled my 9-5 income within 5 years and have now afforded me a 6 figure income. Throughout my career, I’ve become certified in Career Development and Targeted Selection Interviewing. Resumes and Cover Letters written for our clients have landed them opportunities in competitive professional and residency programs, Fortune 500 companies, governmental/non-profit organizations, and more!

Beyond my qualifications, I understand what it’s like to have a dream for your career or business. But, you lack the resources, connections, and influence to bring the vision to life. I’m most effective because I’m resourceful. I’m good at maximizing what you have and translating your skills in a way to push your career or business to the next level.

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Get To Know | Mel

9-5 job:  Project Manager

Can’t Live Without:   Seafood, Beaches, Pitaya Bowls, A good pen, and God of course 🙂

Hometown:   ATLLLLLL 

myers briggs & enneagram:   INFJ and Enneagram 4 with a 3 wing! 

favorite tv show:  This is Us, Greys Anatomy, & Queen Sugar! 

Secret Talent:   Singing! (in my head)

My passions:   Healing & Personal Transformation through Storytelling | Conversations about God, purpose, & community | Helping People & Businesses Love and Excel in their Work

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You can do both. 

You can have a fulfilling career AND a fulfilling business. You can love God AND live a purpose-filled, enjoyable life. You can set boundaries AND love others well. You can do ministry with humility and be in business with prosperity. We need both. We need your inspiration AND your practical skill sets. We need your strengths and your weaknesses.  We need your motivation and your vulnerability. We need your past story and your future dreams. We need you on your knees in prayer and about your business in the boardroom.   

The question isn’t IF/OR. The sweet spot is finding the balance in both.

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I'd love to come speak at your organization or next event!

It’s time for your people to feel seen and come alive. I specialize in encouraging and equipping college students, millennial and Gen-Z professionals, fellow Christians, and entrepreneurs to embrace their past, maximize their present, and live out their purpose. I speak life and strategy into those who need it most. My words cultivate both personal and professional growth. After my session, your people will leave comforted, equipped, and empowered to redefine history with their everyday gifts and stories.