2023 International Women’s Day
"We cannot thank Melissa enough for being our keynote speaker at Greater Shepparton City
Council’s Women’s Charter International Women’s Day event in March 2023.
Melissa openly shared her transgender journey and lived experiences. Her insights into the
transgender community and the issues regularly confronting them was very educational.
Melissa also took part in a panel Q&A session, where she was very honest,
engaging, thought provoking and extremely well received."
Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter
Administration Officer - Diversity
Customer Operations Conference
"Melissa Griffiths was a keynote speaker for us when we identified a need
to further educate our Operations Leadership Team on the challenges faced by
our transgender customers and how we can assist. Melissa's candid, open and, at times,
difficult story was so helpful to the whole team to learn what support can look like
for someone who has transitioned or transitioning. The understanding also came
from realizing many of the struggles she and other members of her community face
every day due to ignorance. She was incredibly generous in allowing the team to
ask questions and everyone left feeling genuinely empowered and enlightened
to be a part of a supportive solution and not the problem. I can’t recommend
Melissa enough if you are looking to educate your team on LGBTQI + issues with
particular emphasis on the transgender. She was an absolute pleasure to interview."
September 8, 2022
General Manager – Customer Operations, Priceline.
"Melissa attended our offices to speak in a Q&A session in support of Pride Month 2022.
Melissa was a great visitor who provided honest and educational insights into what it’s like
to be transgender. She had a relaxed style and enabled the group to feel comfortable to ask
questions. Thank you Melissa for sharing your story with us."
People Experience Specialist, Melbourne Airport
"Melissa came to speak with our team at The Gordon TAFE for IDAHOBIT.
She was very professional and prompt with her communications with us. On the day,
she was very open and gave us some amazing insights into what we can do to become
a more inclusive and accepting environment for our team members and our students.
We thank Melissa for her contributions and willingness to share her journey as
the discussion for diversity and inclusiveness continues."
May 17, 2022
Employee Experience Consultant, People, Safety and Culture, The Gordon
National Employment Solutions Conference"Melissa is an inspiring speaker who draws on her personal experience to educate employers on transgender issues. Her presentation at the National Employment Solutions Conference was both engaging and informative. She provided practical advice on policy implementation and ways employers can create a safe, supportive environment for people transitioning in the workplace."
Journalist at WorkplaceInfo
Brace Education & Training"Melissa has been a guest speaker for Brace on two occasions speaking to Certificate IV in Mental Health and a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Brace students reported being most impressed with her transparency and information volunteered in relation to the ‘transitioning’ process. Students and Staff also commented on Melissa’s insight into her own journey and were humbled by her determination to educate her community."
July 19, 2018
BRACE Education & Training - Trainer and Assessor
VicRoads"Melissa is a (sic) inspiring speaker who shared her story and raw experiences to help us better understand the challenges for transgender people. Her story was honest, moving, powerful, and at times sad; but ultimately uplifting. A great resources (sic) for leaders or anyone who wants to create a more inclusive workplace."
May 17, 2018
Regional Director Northern VicRoads
Alpine Valleys Community Leadership
I presented a session on Effective Advocacy and they loved it.
AVCLP Program Coordinator
"Melissa was an engaging speaker who shared her experience of transitioning so that we had the opportunity to step into her world and learn about the challenges, lessons and achievements along the way."
Juliana De Marco
Healing Minds Psychology