As a leadership and inclusion expert, Melissa Majors uses her 25+ years of experience optimizing the business impact of education, innovation, inclusion, and leadership to deliver crowd-pleasing keynotes and workshops with brain-friendly content that engages her audiences and sparks not just inspiration but action. Melissa’s book The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders focuses on how great leaders enjoy superior team performance and drive much higher profitability by incorporating inclusive practices.
Melissa started a few successful businesses including Community Keynotes® an inclusive process that draws out game-changing ideas a coaching program, in’klooded® an inclusive strategic planning method that ensures all voices get heard, and Melissa Majors Consulting which drives better strategic decision-making in leadership and inclusion, and works with organizations across the country to effectively measure their inclusion and diversity performance.
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. Her extensive experience at these organizations and other companies improved profitability, boosted organizational performance, and optimized inclusion strategies.
Melissa has been featured in publications such as Forbes Magazine, Smart Meetings, The Meeting Professional, NorthStar Meetings Group's Eventful Podcast, and The Event DR. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and studied strategy and innovation at Harvard University.
Melissa is a crowd-pleasing speaker who masters brain-friendly talks that engage her audiences and spark not just inspiration but action.
Global Authority on the New Economy, Future of Work, and Navigating Constant Change, Humanistic Futurist
April Rinne is a change navigator, speaker, investor, and adventurer whose work and travels in more than 100 countries have given her a front-row seat to a world in flux. She is ranked one of the 50 Leading Female Futurists in the world by Forbes and is aHarvard Law School graduate, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a member of theSilicon Guild and Thinkers50 Radar, a Fulbright Scholar, and the author of the international bestseller Flux: 8Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change.
April is a trusted advisor to well-known startups, companies, financial institutions, non profits, think tanks, and governments worldwide, including Airbnb, Nike, Intuit, the World Bank, theInter-American Development Bank, AnyRoad, and Unsettled as well as governments ranging from Singapore to South Africa, Canada to Colombia, and Italy to India.
For more than two decades, she’s been known for seeing emerging trends early, understanding their potential, and helping others do the same. April is also a bridge-builder between stakeholders, priorities, business models, markets, and those excited about change and those resistant to it.Earlier in life April was a global development executive, an international microfinance lawyer, and a hiking guide. She spent the better part of four years traveling solo, with an insatiable desire to better understand how the rest of the world lives. (One lesson: Change is universal.How we deal with it is not.)
She is as comfortable at Davos as she is talking with micro finance borrowers in an urban slum.A certified yoga teacher, she can often be found upside-down, doing handstands around the world.