Melissa Griffiths is a transgender authority and advocate who lives in Melbourne. She regularly consults with leaders across Australia on how to help transgender employees with the transition process in the workplace. She has managed to get a gender identity policy introduced at Brisbane Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club and Victoria Racing Club.
Melissa is also a highly sought after speaker for events and conferences. She spoke at this year’s RMIT for International Women’s Day and was a keynote speaker last year at the National Employment Solutions Conference. She speaks on a wide variety of subject matter and topics including but not limited to:
– Bullying, harassment, intimidation and sexual harassment
– Diversity and Inclusion
– International LGBTQI+ rights
– Organisational Gender Diversity
– Social media
– Transgender from all angles.
Melissa is a mistress of ceremonies (MC) and inspirational/keynote speaker as well as being a recipient of Australia Day Achievement Award. Melissa was a finalist in the 2019 Australian LGBTI awards in the Hero Category as well as recently been a finalist for 2018 Agenda Setter of the year in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards and a finalist for 2017 Victorian LGBTI Person of the year award. She’s been been nominated for the 2019 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in the Agenda Setter Category in Australia and nominated for rex awards and global fellowship in India.
Melissa is a media commentator has raised a lot of awareness around how to make the workplace more inclusive for transgender people. Melissa has raised awareness about bullying, harassment through writing in the Media for The Guardian.
Melissa has been featured on ABC News last year as well as on Channel 10’s popular morning show Studio 10 in 2017. She has also spoken on the radio on Joy 94.9FM and overseas in USA as well as been featured as part of a podcast on sexuality for NOVA entertainment Sydney.
She has also been featured on the front cover of Sofya Style Magazine UK as well as writing for other organisations here and overseas through media, online platform or social media.
Melissa is an ambassador for Flexible Working Day, Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA) – Linkedin and ambassador/consultant for Women in Leadership. She was also an Ambassador for Ygap’s 2017 Polished Man campaign.
Melissa has spoken at the following events:
13/06/2017 – Out for Australia Foundation event: Diversity through the Looking Glass held at the Victorian AIDS Council Building in South Yarra. I was part of the panel discussion as a panel member.
03/08/2017 – Iceberg Employment Agency’s Leading Ladies event in Southbank as part of a panel discussion with Angie Greene speaking about Stress and Depression in the Workplace as well as my story about implementing a gender identity policy at Victoria Racing Club.
31/08/2017 – Healing Minds Psychology Peer Group in Glenroy. I delivered a presentation on gender identity then answered any questions attendees had around this.
04/09/2017 – Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program Study Tour at Australian Institute of Company Directors, Melbourne. I delivered a presentation on effective advocacy.
21/01/2018 – Women’s March Melbourne. I was one of the guest speakers at this event.
17/05/2018 – Vic Road Bendigo. I spoke on IDAHOBIT Day.
15/06/2018 – Brace Education, Frankston. I delivered a presentation on gender identity and also facilitated Q & A session.
19/07/2018 – Brace Education, Frankston. Speaking about my journey as a transgender person and facilitating Q & A session afterwards.
08/10/2018 – Presented at the National Employment Solutions conference on transgender from all angles.
07/03/2019 – Keynote on Organisational Gender Diversity Policy at RMIT School of Accounting for International Women’s Day.
19/06/2017 – TEDx Talk at Lead and Influence: LGBTIQ+ Paving the Way by Pride Inclusion Programs. Event run by Out for Australia Foundation held at Clayton Utz.
Melissa is interested in Keynote Speaking, being an MC at events and part of panels for events.
You can find the links to interviews and articles on her website: http://www.melissagriffiths.com.au/advice.html.