Gramercy Park, New York City, USA

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HI, I'M MELANIE

 

ABOUT MELANIE

It’s nice to meet you digitally. 


Where did it begin?


I began my career as a gothic Junior Class President, already exploring my interests in speaking, leading, and duality.  I attended Cornell University where I completed a Bachelor of Science in only 3 years, studying Textiles & Apparel, Business, and Fine Arts.  At the age of 20 I moved to my dream island of Manhattan and joined the fashion industry, working with all the “couture monsters” of the 2000s.  I built an understanding of design operations, global sourcing, business development, and empathy for many types of personalities.


After some time I felt a bit underwhelmed, and decided to start a new adventure by joining Columbia Business School.  While working on my MBA, I completed a McKinsey & Company consulting internship, traveled to 12 countries, and lived in London.  Concurrently I began pursuing my interests in coaching, and began working with students on admissions consulting for top tier programs, as well as startup businesses ranging from designer shoes to AI.  I found that my skills in empathy, intuition, and writing made me strong coach, with the added benefit of genuine enjoyment.


Today and Tomorrow


Today, I pursue many interests including the New York startup world, admissions consulting, creative writing, and voiceover acting.  Additionally, I’m an Alumni Admissions Ambassador for both Columbia Business School and Cornell University, annually interviewing candidates.  


When enjoying some free time, I may be found experimenting with new vegan recipes in my tiny kitchen, attending the latest fine art exhibition, or listening to old French music while reading.


Qualifications:

12+ years professional experience

MBA, Columbia University

BS, Cornell University

Expert Voiceover Training 

Columbia Business School Alumni Admissions Ambassador

Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador

 

ENDEAVORS

Sharp | Intuitive | Engaged

 
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STARTUP CONSULTING

One of my professional interests is entrepreneurship, and I genuinely enjoy combining my consulting and startup expertise.  Having worked as both a full-time employee and consultant in various companies ranging from tech to e-commerce to lingerie, I bring a well-rounded point of view.

Services and project length are flexible and can be tailored to your business' needs.  I have worked with teams on fundraising decks, business development, operations, customer experience, and general strategy. 

I am located in New York, but am available remote or for limited travel.

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SPEAKING

My speaking experience has ranged from being a College Dorm President at Cornell University to a Wedding Officiant.  I'm comfortable with groups large and small, and can tailor my approach to the audience. 

I welcome the opportunity to speak at your school, conference, or other professional event.  And, maybe I'll tackle being a Wedding Officiant once more!

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WRITING

I've been writing as long as I can remember, and conjured my first narratives while swinging in my childhood backyard. 

Professionally, I've written many resumes, essays, presentations, and other materials, but my greatest desire is to write creatively.  

I'm currently working on some exciting projects while listening to 1920's era jazz, and hope to share them with you soon.

If you're interested in my writing or wish to talk about writing in general, please send me a message.

 
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LET'S TALK