ABOUT 2017-08-17T00:40:06+00:00

Call Me Mel

MY STORY

I’m a brand strategist and marketing director who’s leaped off the corporate ladder into the social impact startup world to create more meaning to my life.

In 2015 I moved from my beautiful, and always sunny, Caribbean home of Trinidad and Tobago to the metropolitan city of Shanghai to merge my love for building brands with my passion for creating social impact.

Join me as I embrace this new startup nomad –  social entrepreneur lifestyle: the bumps, slumps and every glorious triumph in between.

I’m happy to share this journey with you!

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My Story

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The Beginning

What Prompted The Move From Corporate Life

Redefining what success meant to me

At 28 I found myself feeling rich but empty because I was missing meaning to my work. I was doing well professionally, had attractive benefits, a buoyant social life and a loving circle of friends. I loved the company and my colleagues but I felt as if I was still not doing the things that made me whole. I envisioned myself at 40 setting my own schedule, doing work on the ground in a part of the world that I had not been before, learning a new culture and contributing to the lives of communities that are often neglected. I saw myself happy and thriving. Success took on a new meaning when I focused on the things that really touched my soul. Still single and not yet a mother, the time to recreate my life was now. I poured all my money into an MBA in Shanghai to push myself out of my comfort zone, challenge myself with a new culture and explore this new definition of success. To the world I seemed courageous, on the inside I was terrified. In order to find what gave me meaning I needed to redefine what success meant to me.

Committing 

Why I Risked It On Social Entrepreneurship

Merging business with meaningful work

I wanted to do business that made a positive impact in the lives of less fortunate people. I wanted to spend my time coming up with meaningful solutions that helped impoverished people. Travelling to Mumbai in 2016 to work on a social impact project called Telestory was eye opening and it solidified that this was where I found my meaning. Nothing can replace the overwhelming sense of affirmation that I felt while walking through a slum for the first time. I was doing what I was meant to do. I wanted to learn more from these people for they seemed so wise, I wanted to be part of their solutions and I wanted business to be the source of their economic empowerment. I wanted to be on the ground and not in an office. My work would blend business with compassion and I would pursue this life called “social entrepreneurship”. Merging business with social impact gave me meaning because it allowed me to blend two things I really loved: business and helping.

The Birth of my Startup Nomad

What Value Do I Bring To My Fellow Ladybosses

Sharing my roadmap so you can discover your definition of success

Jumping off the corporate ladder to discover your passions is crazy without an action plan. I also know what it feels like to feel hopeless and lack meaning in what you do. I want to share my experience of building a life of social entrepreneurship with you so you make the best choices having seen my blunders and wins along the way. I founded my Startup Nomad to provide a safe space for women, who want to create more meaning to their lives, to get inspired by projects of other women. If you want to test the waters of social enterprise before jumping in then this is the right place for you. I hope you discover the Ladyboss in you, redefine your vision of success and pursue that which drives you! I hope our stories inspire other women to unleash the Ladyboss in them! My gift to you is for you to use my life as a case study of what to do and what not to do – and hopefully we share a few laughs along the way. I hope to give you an objective roadmap of how to prepare yourself for jumping off the corporate ladder to pursue your dreams!

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Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. 

– Jennifer Lee

Our Values

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A Ladyboss is a peaceful warrior.

Growth

Flexible Mindset

Courage

Live It

Open Heart

Squash the Ego

Tribe

Nuture Your Rock

Balance

Take Measured Breaths

Curiousity

Explore Your Passions

Habit

We Are What We Repeatedly Do

Purpose

Alignment With Worthy Goals

Intention

Positive Impact

Make mistakes…

you’re  learning new things,

trying new things and

challenging yourself!

It is far better to go wrong in freedom, than to go right in chains.

– Thomas H Huxley

Rewrite Your Life Story Today

THROUGH CREATIVE IDEAS, INNOVATION & SHEER DETERMINATION