Why Mentorship Matters - The Lead(h)er Story
In December of 2015, Melissa Pepper was on the tail end of a life-changing career pivot. Reflecting on how it all happened, she found that great mentors were at the center of her story. With gratitude and grit, she founded Lead(h)er, the mentorship organization that has matched over 500 women with mentors in five years. In this presentation, Melissa will share her founder story and the ways in which mentorship is essential for success for women in the workplace.
Melissa Pepper, President - Total Solutions
Melissa is a versatile multi-industry leader who excels when building, changing, and growing teams and programs. She's known for her exceptional communication, contagious energy, and decisive action. She started her career as a civil servant, working to create grassroots change in how we talk about post-secondary education for first generation students. From there, she has worked at a large regional blood center, a law firm, and now a shared services company, where she serves as president. With top Strengths of Woo, Communication, and Activator, she spends the majority of her time writing and speaking to tell compelling stories and motivate others. How this translates to action and results comes in the form of engagement, and high net promoter score ratings. Total Solutions was also recognized in 2020 as a Better Business Bureau Torch Award Recipient.
Melissa also serves on numerous boards and committees, including Genesis Health System (Board Member), Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee (Chair), and IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union (Board Member). Melissa is the co-host of the new WVIK podcast, A Real Piece of Work, and regularly contributes to Forbes and other publications. Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Augustana College and earned her MBA from the University of Iowa. She is a proud recipient of the Nation of Neighbors Award and was recently named the Young Community Leader of the Year by the Jaycees of the Quad Cities.
Thursday, April 29th
Noon - 1:00 PM
Virtual Meeting - Via Zoom
(Meeting Link & Password will be sent prior to the Event)
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