Melissa Dawn Simkins

Melissa is CEO of Velvet Suite ® (www.velvetsuite.com) an award-winning leadership innovation firm. She is founder of She-Suite movement, a leadership and lifestyle platform committed to advancing women beyond the gap at every level.  Affectionally known as “The First Lady of Personal Branding,” she is sought-after strategist on how to advance future-ready leadership.
 
As an innovator, Simkins was the first African American female advisory board member for the World Brand Congress. Velvet Suite created the NFL Player Brand University in partnership with the National Football League, the first personal brand development academy of its kind in all professional sports. Other Velvet Suite clients have included: Boston Scientific, Lincoln Financial, Allstate, Astra Zeneca, Home Depot, Southern Company, the National Basketball Association, celebrities and pro-athletes and more. 

Melissa is a former contributor to Inc.com and has been a frequent guest on media outlets such as CNN, CNBC and more. She is the author of Brand Me. Make Your Mark: The Ultimate Playbook for Personal Branding (Xlibris). Her passion for community led Melissa found The She-Suite Summit Community, a leadership and lifestyle innovation platform for career-driven high potential women who desire to discover purpose and a proven path to accelerate their careers and live a life they love. She currently serves as host of The She-Suite Community podcast.  
  
Melissa’s highest ambition is to live out her God-given purpose. Her greatest love is to be a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She and her husband Will, live in Northern Virginia with their youngest son Kingston and also has three adult sons Shunn, Kevin and Amari.

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