Melissa Majors

  • Travels From: Fort Worth, TX
  • Fees: $10,000-$20,000

Tagline: Inclusive Leadership

Talent Highlights

  • 25+ years of experience earning double-digit growth for companies.
  • Author of The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders, a groundbreaking book on how great leaders enjoy superior team performance and drive much higher profitability by incorporating inclusive practices.
  • Melissa is a successful entrepreneur who has founded Melissa Majors Consulting, Community Keynotes®, and pioneered in’klooded® an inclusive strategic planning methodology an inclusive process that draws out game-changing ideas for any organization.

Keynote Topics

Savvy leaders enjoy superior team performance and drive much higher profitability by incorporating inclusive practices. These behaviors fall into seven categories:

  1. Perspectives
  2. Hiring Decisions
  3. Empathy
  4. Collaboration
  5. Mindset
  6. Values and Strategy Design
  7. Leading People and Self

Melissa delivers clarity on how our brains are to blame for why leaders unintentionally exclude others. Through storytelling, research, and personal experiences, she offers a common-sense yet compelling and actionable approach to inclusion.

Leadership Strategies for Women’s Success
Ethical leaders share power and put the needs of others first. They are committed to helping all people develop and perform as highly as possible.

Women commonly experience unique workplace challenges due to covert competition, microaggressions, lack of sponsors and mentors, balancing authenticity and assimilation, gaining and retaining power, being heard, increased scrutiny, etc.

This engaging session examines research, scenarios, and best practices for leveraging ethical leadership to mitigate barriers to women’s success.

Leadership Lessons for Leaders Who Don’t Have Time for Leadership Lessons
Want to be an even better leader? Of course! But really, who has time to invest in leadership training? Not the leaders who need it; they’re too busy leading! Yet, our organization’s health and success heavily rely on leaders who evolve their skills and become the best leaders possible. See the quandary?

Busy Bosses is a fun, efficient, and, most importantly, an actionable course on the leadership trends needed to excel as a leader in today’s environment.

During this talk, Melissa synthesizes best practices for evolved leadership into a comprehensive course that you actually have time to take!

How To Design and Deliver Brain-Friendly Presentations

Discover how to deliver presentations that work with the brain and not against it! This highly engaging and fun session explores the neuroscience behind designing and delivering mesmerizing presentations.

How do we intervene when we see non-inclusive behavior? How do we ensure all voices are heard and considered? How can we better understand the adverse impacts of our unintentional exclusive behavior and take action to improve? What is the best approach to providing feedback on non-inclusive actions?

Continue evolving your team’s capabilities and inclusive maturity through learning and practice.

In a world where the pursuit of diversity and inclusivity is more critical than ever, leaders like Melissa Majors are paving the way for a brighter future. As the author of “The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders,” Melissa is a champion of transformational leadership and an advocate for optimizing the business impact of education, […]

In a world where the pursuit of diversity and inclusivity is more critical than ever, leaders like Melissa Majors are paving the way for a brighter future. As the author of “The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders,” Melissa is a champion of transformational leadership and an advocate for optimizing the business impact of education, innovation, and inclusion.

Her journey as a thought leader in inclusive leadership began with a simple yet powerful idea: the key to business success lies in maximizing the potential of every individual, irrespective of their background, race, gender, or other characteristics that make them unique. This idea eventually led her to write “The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders,” a book that has become a guiding light for leaders and organizations worldwide.

Melissa Majors is a crowd-pleasing speaker who masters brain-friendly talks that engage her audiences and spark not just inspiration but action as well. Founder of Melissa Majors Consulting, creator of in’klooded®, an inclusive strategic planning method that ensures all voices get heard, and Community Keynotes an inclusive process that draws out game-changing ideas ® a coaching program. She is an innovator and optimizer of education, inclusion, & leadership strategies. She has dedicated her career to maximizing the business impact associated with these areas of focus.

Melissa Majors | Inclusive Leadership

Optimizing the Business Impact of Education

Education is the cornerstone of inclusive leadership, and Melissa Majors believes in optimizing its impact to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce. She emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and development, not just for individuals but for the entire organization.

  • Education as a Foundation: Melissa believes that education provides the foundation for inclusive leadership. Leaders need to educate themselves and their teams on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This education helps break down barriers and biases.
  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments: Melissa encourages organizations to create inclusive learning environments where employees feel safe to learn, grow, and express themselves. This promotes a culture of openness and innovation.
  • Collaboration with Educational Institutions: To optimize the business impact of education, organizations should collaborate with educational institutions to bridge the skills gap and ensure a diverse talent pipeline.
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship: Melissa advocates for mentorship and sponsorship programs that connect individuals from underrepresented groups with leaders who can guide and support them in their career journey.

Innovation as a Catalyst

Innovation is another pillar of Melissa Majors’ approach to inclusive leadership. She believes that innovation is a catalyst for change and that organizations should leverage it to drive inclusivity.

  • Innovative Thinking: Melissa encourages leaders to embrace innovative thinking by bringing together diverse teams with varied perspectives. This fosters creativity, problem-solving, and product/service development that caters to a broader audience.
  • Innovation in Processes: Innovating processes to remove bias and promote inclusivity is crucial. This may involve revisiting recruitment, performance evaluation, and promotion processes to ensure they are fair and equitable.
  • Measuring Inclusivity Impact: Innovative leaders measure the impact of their inclusivity efforts through metrics and data analysis. This allows them to identify areas for improvement and drive organizational change.

Inclusion as a Way of Life

Inclusion is at the heart of Melissa Majors’ philosophy. She firmly believes that creating a culture of inclusion is not just an initiative but a way of life for organizations and leaders.

  • Inclusion Beyond Policies: Inclusion goes beyond written policies; it should be ingrained in the organization’s culture and practices. Melissa emphasizes the need to create an environment where every individual feels valued and heard.
  • Leaders as Role Models: Inclusive leaders should lead by example, demonstrating the behaviors and values they expect from their teams. They should be the role models for others to follow.
  • Promoting Diverse Leadership: Melissa advocates for diverse leadership teams that represent a wide range of perspectives. This leads to better decision-making and innovation.

The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders

In her book, “The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders,” Melissa Majors outlines a set of principles that guide leaders in their journey toward creating inclusive, innovative, and education-focused organizations. These seven habits serve as a roadmap for leaders who aspire to optimize the business impact of their initiatives:

  1. Embrace Vulnerability: Inclusive leaders understand that vulnerability is not a weakness but a strength. They are willing to acknowledge their own biases and admit when they don’t have all the answers.
  2. Listen Actively: Active listening is a core habit of inclusive leaders. They make an effort to understand and value the diverse perspectives of their team members, fostering a culture of openness.
  3. Lead with Empathy: Inclusive leaders lead with empathy, putting themselves in others’ shoes and showing understanding and compassion in their interactions.
  4. Cultivate Inclusivity: Inclusive leaders actively work to create an inclusive culture where diversity is celebrated, and every voice is heard.
  5. Challenge the Status Quo: They are not afraid to challenge existing norms and biases. Inclusive leaders work to dismantle systemic barriers that hinder diversity and inclusivity.
  6. Foster Innovation: They encourage innovative thinking by embracing diverse teams, varied perspectives, and a culture of creativity.
  7. Measure and Improve: Inclusive leaders use data and metrics to track their progress and continually strive to improve their organization’s inclusivity.

Impact on Individuals and Organizations

The impact of Melissa Majors’ work extends beyond the pages of her book. Her principles and guidance have transformed the lives of individuals and the cultures of organizations in significant ways.

  1. Empowered Leadership: Many leaders have embraced her principles and have become empowered to lead inclusively. They are more self-aware, open to diverse perspectives, and willing to challenge existing norms.
  2. Diverse and Inclusive Workforces: Organizations that have followed her guidance have seen an increase in diversity, equity, and inclusion within their workforces. This has translated into better problem-solving, decision-making, and innovation.
  3. Improved Organizational Performance: The optimization of education, innovation, and inclusion has led to improved organizational performance. Companies that embrace these principles are better equipped to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse and globalized world.
  4. Positive Social Impact: By promoting inclusion, Melissa Majors and those who follow her principles are contributing to a more inclusive and equitable society, where individuals are valued for who they are and what they bring to the table.


Melissa Majors, with her book “The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders,” is at the forefront of the movement to optimize the business impact of education, innovation, and inclusion. Her visionary approach to leadership empowers individuals and organizations to create a more inclusive, innovative, and educated future.

By embracing these principles and making them a part of their leadership journey, leaders have the opportunity to transform their organizations and create a more inclusive, diverse, and successful world. Melissa Majors’ impact on individuals and organizations serves as a testament to the power of inclusive leadership and the potential for positive change in our ever-evolving world.

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