Melissa Washington is the President and Founder of Women Veterans Alliance. She is a service disabled veteran small business owner, speaker, author, and award winner who is passionate about connecting women veterans across the nation.
Melissa proudly served in the Navy and rather than shoulder the burden of a dual-service family, she decided to leave the military early to pursue a career while her husband spent 21 years on active duty. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and transitioned into a successful career in recruiting and human resources for more than 10 years working for both boutique agencies and global Fortune 500 companies.
Melissa was laid off from her job in 2009 due to a failing economy, marking the beginning of a nearly two-year journey and career reinvention that allowed her to use her passion for helping others. It all started with holding LinkedIn workshops for job seekers at her dining room table then speaking at venues across the nation. In 2011, she started Melissa Washington, Inc. which offers consulting services to businesses and individuals using LinkedIn for researching, recruiting, job seeking and collaborating. Her journey, took a little detour for 4 years as she worked at LinkedIn, planning Global Corporate Meeting & Events. 2014 authored Get Back to Work: Smart & Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move.
In 2015 she got a bunch of women veterans together to meet at a local Mexican restaurant. And the rest is history!
She has been featured in newspaper articles, TV, and Radio. Sought out speaker as well. Melissa is a go to person for media when it comes to women veterans. Married to her Marine husband for 22 years and is the Cookie Mom for her daughters Girl Scout Troop.
2011 recipient of the prestigious Sacramento Business Journal 40 under 40 award
2015 NAWBO OWL Visionary Award (An organization whose vision provides opportunities for girls or women)
2016 Soropotomist Ruby Award
2016 KFBK (iHeart Radio) Hometown Hero
2016 Congressional Award
2017 Sacramento’s Women Who Mean Business
Chair California Women Veterans Leadership Council
Co-Chair my VA Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB)
Board Member Placer County Veterans Stand Down
Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) Committee Member
Charter Member- Women in Military Services of America (WIMSA)
Get Back to Work: Smart & Savvy Real-World Strategies to Make Your Next Career Move, 2014