Hello. I’m Mel Lewis.
As a child, I considered three possible careers: Astrophysicist, Forest Ranger, and Toy Maker Living in a Cabin in the Woods. All three have something in common: isolation. I was extremely shy and spent most of my time alone reading, drawing, pondering the nature of the universe, and avoiding social interactions.
Today my passion is helping people become effective, influential leaders through my writing, coaching, and teaching. I speak in front of groups professionally and personally. Yes, ironically, I’ve walked a path that led me to a people-oriented life. Believe me, it’s the last place I ever expected to be. Yet, here I am, and I love it.
Though part of me remains a socially-awkward loner, it’s much less apparent to others now. I’ve learned how to motivate myself to step outside my comfort zone and how to effectively communicate with people who aren’t like me. It took many years of leadership roles, study, and trial and error to figure it out. I’m a much better leader, teacher, co-worker, friend, and parent because of it. Now my goal is to help you and others do the same, but in your own way, on your own path.
My Not-So-Mad Path
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Unable to go to college right out of high school, I joined a financial services company as an accounting clerk. As I worked my way up the career ladder, I worked my way through school and cultivated a passion for organizational problem solving and technology. The day I graduated from Arizona State with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, I gave notice. A few weeks later I took a huge pay cut, joined a software company as a support rep, and started a 25-year career in tech with companies ranging from start-ups to global enterprises. Eventually I shifted from my VP role at a start up to independent consultant.
In tech I held positions in sales, marketing, support, business operations, IT, program management, and HR. Regardless of title, most often my role was “internal consultant” starting up, fixing up, and scaling business operations. But I couldn’t succeed without building and leading high-performance teams or overcoming obstacles by influencing stakeholders – whether they were on my teams, in other departments, or outside the company.