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Melissa Walker is a compelling speaker and facilitator who can custom design a workshop that meets the needs of your organization. She has delivered keynote talks and led workshops at a variety of venues including: 

  • American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry Group of National Park Service
  • South Carolina Business and Professional Women State Convention
  • Celebrate Women Summit, United Way of Anderson County
  • Spartanburg County Foundation Non-Profit Connect
  • Upstate Women's Leadership Conference
  • Southern Association for Women Historians
  • Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Texas Tech University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Clemson University
  • University of South Carolina 
  • Wake Forest University
  • Humanities South Carolina

She combines inspiring real-life stories with practical strategies, reflective exercises, small-group activities, and audience interaction to create engaging workshops that provide participants with the tools to move forward in achieving their goals.   

Topics include:

Building a Vital Life: Design Your Way to the Life You Want

Transitions, Second (and Third) Acts and Encore Careers

Your Personal Mission Statement:  A Blueprint for Personal and Career Decision-Making

Harnessing the Power of Personal Story to Transform Your Life

Mapping Your Path to a Meaningful Career: A Workshop for Liberal Arts Grads

Navigating the Challenges of Mid-Life:  Lessons from the Generation Before the Baby Boom

Experiments in Mindful Living: Strategies for Taking Your Life Back

Life Stories: Inspiration for Re-invention

The Mid-Career Treadmill: Strategies for Academic Women

Is There Life After Academia? Navigating the Non-Traditional Career Path for Ph.D.s

What participants say about Melissa's workshops:

I liked the juxtaposition of the workshop pieces and yoga asanas; they seemed to flow together well.  Each "yoga break" correlated to the exercises enough to allow for the community elements as well as the introspective elements. The exercises helped me reflect and step back from energy-sapping activities. I enjoyed the small groups for feedback, as well as the opportunity to share within the larger group.  I just loved the heck out of this workshop and I felt very renewed afterwards.  --from a "Building a Joyful Life" participant

Thank you for the program about harnessing the power of storytelling. I have been struggling to figure out how to put my thoughts into words. Walking through the guided exercises helped me get back into gear. Today has already helped me find my center and my confidence in my ability to accomplish everything I aspire to. --from a "Harnessing the Power of Personal Story to Transform Your Life" participant

Melissa's media credits include scholarly commentary in "Cheating the Stillness" and "Hearts of Glass," both documentary films featured on South Carolina Educational TV and "The Kiss," a NASCAR Productions film. She is the author or editor of eight books and numerous articles. Her op-eds have appeared in The State (Columbia, SC), Charlotte Observer, Knoxville News-Sentinel, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, and her feature writing has been published in Town Magazine. She has been interviewed by reporters from numerous outlets including the Associated Press, WYFF-TV4, South Carolina Educational Radio, and WSPA-TV7.  She has been featured on "Walter Edgar's Journal," a production of South Carolina Educational Radio.