Founder & Principal, HoneyBee HR
Melissa is an award-winning human resources professional with over 15 years of experience working in the advertising, digital, entertainment, financial, media, and technology sectors. She started her HR career in finance and then moved to Hit Entertainment (now Fisher-Price) where she expanded her skills before moving to management-level positions at Huge, BuzzFeed, Sapient, and Beyond. This track gave her experience building and running people teams in start-ups just making their first HR hires, as well as in large enterprise companies with international reach and established foundational people processes already in place. She implemented and led diversity and inclusion programs and rolled out large-scale learning and development initiatives. In 2019, Melissa started her own consultancy, HoneyBee HR specializing in helping start-ups build and implement enduring, future-focused workforce transformation strategies. Recently, she partnered with Kris Rides and Jenai Marinkovic of Tiro Security to launch and run The NextCISO Apprenticeship Program, bringing her expertise in diversity, training, and people management to the cybersecurity table. Melissa is a frequent speaker on technology and employee experience panels, and has been published in HR Technologist.