MELISSA



Speaking

 

Podcasts

Podcast: Jamie Ivey's Happy Hour Podcast

Podcast: Happy Playces Podcast

Podcast: -  Polished Podcast

Podcast: Thriving Beyond Belief

SPEAKING: 2019

January 8th - First Baptist Church Grapevine - Grapevine, TX

January 25th & 26th - Proclaim Truth Conference, Dallas, Tx

February 7th - Texas Christian University’s Human Trafficking Symposium, Fort Worth, Tx

February 20th - Texas Christian University Neely School of Business, Fort Worth, Tx

March 27th - Texas Christian University’s “Dinner with an Entrepreneur”, Fort Worth, Tx

March 29th & 30th - Sparrow Conference, Dallas, Tx 

May 9th - Polished, Fort Worth, Tx

October 9th - The Hills Church Student Conference, North Richland Hills, Tx

Speaking: 2018

January 26th & 27th - Proclaim Truth Conference, Grapevine TX 

February 16th & 17th - THERE {4} GATHERING, Fort Worth TX

March 3rd - The NET's Purchased Training - educational session on Human Trafficking, Fort Worth, Tx 

March 5th - Cowtown Republican Women - Fort Worth TX

March 7th - Rise Ceremony - Hosted by Judge Carr & The NET, Fort Worth TX 

April 12th - The NET's Survivor Leader Luncheon - Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth TX

April 13th & 14th  - Sparrow Conference, Dallas, TX

April 17th - Keynote at the Challenge Dinner, Fort Worth Club, downtown Fort Worth

July 9th - IF:Equip, Dallas, TX

December 5th - CREW FW, Fort Worth, Tx

I would love to speak at your next event. I have a passion for sharing my experiences as a non-profit founder & Executive Director, business owner, "mompreneur," and an all around expert-of-nothing but trier of everything. I love coaching and equipping audiences on how to serve the marginalized and /or encourage women or mamas to step out into what God has called them to do in life!

About me

My name is Melissa and I am originally from Dallas, but I now call Fort Worth my home. Growing up my dream was to be a stage actress, but after going on a 2 month trip to West Africa in 2002 the bright lights of Broadway faded and my entire worldview shifted. The trip shaped a lot of my 20’s. For the first time I realized that there are real people with real names and stories who are in need. In fact they are beautiful people with amazing stories that are worth pursuing and getting to know. This began my journey to see more of the world and work with NGOs and other ministries that care for people in poverty. In between going to school and volunteering with Young Life, I spent time traveling to Morocco, Nepal, China and other countries serving and sharing the love of God with different people all around the world.

I have always wanted to start a non profit or somehow make a career out of helping others, specifically the marginalized and the poor. I was able to launch and found my own 501c3 called The NET in 2012. Jamey and I thought it would be a great idea that same year (while I was working at a church full time) to help open a restaurant/coffee house called BREWED with some friends, all while we were also remodeling and investing in historic homes in our neighborhood. Did I mention Jamey was on tour with his band Green River Ordinance and that I was going to school in the evenings to get a degree in social work as well? Whew!

Although I wouldn't suggest the insanity of the way we got here, I am thankful for our crazy unconventional and very full lives. We currently live in our dream house and through our remodels, and my husband starting 6th Avenue Homes, I discovered my passion for eclectic decor and design. Our current house was built in 1920 with cherry trees, a big ‘ole front porch and a wooden balcony where I get to drink coffee and read. Renovating and restoring homes while humbly attempting to redeem and restore lives is definitely our sweet spot and where we find purpose. Our goal is to follow where God leads us and to do our best to steward those things well. 


Right now my favorite ‘new venture’ is being the mommy to Roosevelt Pearl, my sweet baby girl. We are hopeful about expanding our family through adoption in 2018. 


FUN FACTS

I am obsessed with lipstick and believe in wearing it no matter the occasion.

Decorating without breaking the bank, I can make my West Elm dreams come true on a Marshall's budget

Adoption is very near and dear to my heart. We will complete ours in 2018 to add another little one to our family.

When I’m not busy with my role of being Executive Director of The NET, you can find me doing one of the following:

  • avoiding laundry

  • piecing together outfits at midnight

  • podcasting all my business, marketing, entrepreneur heroes

  • going on a walk with my daughter in our hood which is a few blocks from the best bakeries and coffee shops in our city