Long Island, New York
As a child, what did you want to become?
A teacher and a guidance counselor
Your best experience as a leader:
I was 23 when I started to lead teams and I had no idea what I was doing. I ran into my first direct report on the street ten years later and she told me I was the best boss she ever had. I admitted to her that I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. She responded by saying, “You hid it well… and at the end of the day I knew you really cared about me. That’s all that matters.”
Nº1 Free time activity:
I love going to the beach in my free time.
Melissa Brachfeld, SHRM-CP, is an experienced Leadership Trainer with a decade of experience designing and facilitating learning for a broad spectrum of topics. She is the founder and lead consultant at Transformational-Concepts, an organization that provides leadership training, instructional design services, executive coaching, and talent management consulting to organizations in the greater New York area. Melissa is a regular guest speaker on topics such as diversity in the workplace, transformational leadership, and career management for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library, NYU School of Professional Studies and the Women’s Leadership Network, among others. Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Quinnipiac University, and has completed extensive training in L&D topics, including the Extended DISC Trainer certification and Vital Smarts Crucial Conversations certification. In all of her endeavors, Melissa strives to inspire individuals to reach their highest potential while using empathy and vulnerability as tools to build authentic connections along the way.