ABOUT 2018-01-04T22:39:55+00:00

Hi, I’m Melissa. Welcome to the journey of building impact-driven businesses.


My Story


Quitting Corporate Life

Redefining What Success Meant To Me

At 28 I found myself feeling rich but empty because I was missing meaning in 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 fulfilled.

Success took on a new meaning when I focused on the things that I was not only passionate about and good at, but also, what was good for society. 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 making a contribution to society through my work. I saw myself happy and thriving.

 So, still single and not yet a mother, the time to recreate my life was now. I invested in an M.B.A in Shanghai that focused on Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship to push myself out of my comfort zone. I decided to 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 a sense of purpose, I needed to redefine what success meant to me.

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Sharing My Roadmap

Serving Is Success

Jumping off the corporate ladder to discover find purpose is reckless without an action plan. I also know what it feels like to feel unfulfilled with the day to day life. 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 social innovative projects of other women. If you want to test the waters of social entrepreneurship before making a fulltime commitment, then this is the right place for you.

I hope to help you redefine your vision of success and use your talents to make a contribution to society through business. I hope our stories inspire other women to discover the benefits and empowerment that come with making a social impact. 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 a rewarding and unforgettable journey as a social entrepreneur. Welcome!