When Melissa takes the stage, you'll feel her energy, excitement and desire to uncover more and share her knowledge. She is a frequent speaker, moderator and panelist and has interviewed some of the top names in fashion including Rebecca Minkoff CEO Uri Minkoff, Hilldun CEO, Gary Wassner and designer Rosie Assoulin. She has held speaking engagements at a variety of organizations including:

Oxford University, NYU, Parsons, Fashion Institute of Technology, Washington University, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Illinois, The Fashion Law Institute, Texworld, Midwest Fashion Conference, Long Island University, Pace University, Moore College, DG Expo, 92Y, Brooklyn Public Library, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s, Women’s Empower Expo, Saint Louis Fashion Fund, SUNY FastTrac and American Association of Advertising Agencies. 

common topics

Building A Fashion Business
Brand Strategy and Marketing

Available For 

Panel Moderation
Panel Appearances
Virtual Talks

Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff

Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff

Max Assoulin, Rosie Assoulin and Don Howard, Alvanon

Max Assoulin, Rosie Assoulin and Don Howard, Alvanon


Oxford University
Columbia University
Parsons The New School for Design
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
New York University (NYU)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Savannah College of Art & Design
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
Washington University
Columbia College
Moore College
Long Island University Post
Pace University


Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship Workshop
Social Media Week
CEO Talks with Uri Minkoff
Fashion Law Institute Symposium
Fundaments of Fit Meetup with Alvanon
Financing Your Fashion Business with Gary Wassner
DG Expo Trade Show
NY Now Trade Show
FIT's CitySource Trade Show
FIT Design Entrepreneurs Program
Texworld Trade Show
Women Empower Expo
Midwest Fashion Conference
VEI International Conference
FIT's Sales, Showrooms and Pop-Ups Panel



U.S. Department of State
Fashion Law Institute
American Advertising Federation
Design Entrepreneurs NYC
NYC Department of Small Business Services
NYC Fashion Fellows
Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's
Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's
Brooklyn Public Library
Society of Illustrators
VEI International