Transgender authority & advocate, consultant, inspirational speaker, media commentator, MC & thought leader
Melissa Griffiths is a transgender authority and advocate who lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Melissa is also a diversity and inclusion consultant who has managed to get a gender identity policy introduced at various horse racing clubs including the BRC, MRC and VRC. She consulted to Cricket Australia in development of their Guidelines for inclusion of Gender Diverse and Transgender People in Cricket. She is also a board director of Elder Rights Advocacy and JustSociale.
Melissa has overcome many challenges in her journey as a transgender female. She has had to overcome the obstacles of transitioning in the workplace with regards to other people’s attitudes towards her and questions about her transition. Melissa has also had to overcome society’s attitudes towards her as a transgender female and the many challenges that come with living day-to-day as a transgender female.
Overcoming the obstacles of getting heard in the media and getting opportunities to speak on stage has given Melissa a voice and as a result as being recognised as a Thought Leader as well. She uses her experiences to consult to business and mentor individuals as well as speak out and be a voice for those in her community who do not have a voice.
Melissa is a mistress of ceremonies as well as a much sought after inspirational/keynote speaker who is a recipient of Australia Day Achievement Award. Melissa was the keynote speaker at RMIT for International Women's Day speaking about Organisational Gender Diversity and Policy. Melissa also spoke at the National Employment Solutions Conference in 2018 presenting Transgender from All Angles talking about how all issues around a transgender person transitioning in the workplace. She also speaks about leadership and overcoming challenges.
Melissa is a also a media commentator raising awareness about bully, harassment, diversity, inclusion, and making workplaces more inclusive for transgender. She is regularly interviewed by media and most part of the Sydney Morning Article on “How the pandemic changed the way we live and work” published in December 2020. Melissa also is a freelance journalist who writes articles for various online publications and websites who recently contributed to a channel nine article about transgender kids.
2020 and the pandemic has changed our lives and the way people are interviewed for TV. Melissa was interviewed by Zoom earlier this year for online TV show The Informer and has also been featured on ABC News and on TV show Studio 10 in 2017 as well as been interviewed on radio and for various podcasts including for Nova Entertainment. She has also been featured on the front cover of Sofya Style Magazine in the UK and in October 2019 was featured in the popular magazine – MINDFOOD.
In 2019 Melissa received the Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship and Karmaveer Chakra Award instituted by ICONGO & the UN from India.
She was a finalist in the 2019 Australian LGBTI Awards in the Hero Category as well as a finalist in 2018 Women's Agenda Women in Leadership Awards for Agenda Setter of the year as well.
Melissa completed the first ever LGBTI Leadership Program in 2018 and was a finalist as LGBTI person of the year in the 2017 Victorian LGBTI Awards.
She is a brave, courageous, strong and resilient person who has become a Leader in her own right who draws upon her experiences to #ChooseToChallenge to make the world a better place.