Prior to receiving an advanced degree in Psychology, Melissa was the first African-American to receive an advanced degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Her pioneering research was human-computer interaction to make higher education accessible to physically challenged students, resulting in voice-activated interfaces featured in Scientific American. She became an engineer and IT project manager in Silicon Valley then transitioned to full-time service making life better for individuals and the planet.
Melissa´s diversity and mindfulness work has spanned over 20 years creating bridges that genuinely connect people. She has traveled to over 50 countries engaging with many people of various cultures. She also founded an organisation offering accessible and collaborative mindfulness programs that inspire healing and transformation and has worked for WISDOM 2.0 as its diversity and outreach coordinator until the present day.