I have interviewed Melissa for a documentary I am making called The Dangerous Dance about domestic violence and abuse in general. See www.thedangerousdance.,com. The documentary in in production expected to be complete by mid to late 2019.
Melissa was fantastic to interview - in touch with her feelings about what she faces on a daily basis. She's also very wise about what needs to happen to make the LGBTI community feel safe and respected in all contexts, especially at work.
I know Melissa is passionate about the work she does with organisations to improve their inclusiveness and I believe her work to be very important.
Melissa Griffiths began giving back to the LGBTI community by raising awareness back in 2017 on gender identity. She did this by raising awareness about gender identity and how to make the workplace more inclusive for transgender people through social media and media. Melissa spoke on radio in Florida, USA last year as well about sexuality and gender identity. She also shared did a blog post in Scout Jobs for how to make the workplace more inclusive for transgender people.
Melissa has impacted the community in the last 12 months through her been a role model for other transgender people and mentoring people in her community that are transitioning. Melissa is also part of Victorian Governments’s 1st LGBTI Leadership Program this year where she is further developing her leadership skills. This program assists her in what she does in the broader community by giving her skills to be more confident in being a voice for the LGBTI community.
Melissa recently spoke at Vic Roads in Bendigo sharing her story and journey of transitioning. By doing this she is educating the broader community what it's like to be transgender on a day to day basis. The impact this has upon the LGBTI community is that she is making it easier for transgender people to be accepted by society.
Melissa has also been featured in the Guardian recently about her and other transgender people’s experiences of been bullied or harassed or assaulted. By doing this she is highlighting the issues that transgender people often face but sadly not often get talked about in the media. It also makes people and employers more aware that LGBTI people do a voice which can be heard. The outcome of this is that society will acknowledge and respect the LGBTI community more. This is because they will realise the challenges we face and that we deserve to be treated better.
She is is also starting to influence society by being on the steering committee of NOW Australia which aims to end bullying and harassment in the workplace. By being on the steering committee Melissa is able to ensure that part of NOW Australia’s focus will also include assisting the LGBTI community as well. This will ensure in the future that LGBTI will face less issues around bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Melissa was also Ambassador for 2018 Flexible Working Day where she shared her reasons in the HR Daily about why flexible workplaces are good for all of us and the economy. This shows that society is recognising that LGBTI people can be good role models for society when put in responsible positions. She also is an influencer on Linkedin where she is a Global Goodwill Ambassador and she quite often shares stories/articles from around the world about transgender people or issues they are facing.
On a practical level Melissa has also spoken at Brace Education in Melbourne recently where she shared her journey. She also answered a lot of questions from students around gender identity, her impact in the community thus far and to lesser extent around sexuality. This is opening doors at the ground level in society for LGBTI people by being very open about the challenges she’s faced in her journey thus far.
Melissa is indeed a person of influence who is tireless in her efforts to make it easier for the transgender community to be accepted by society. She also continues to endeavour to work to erase any negative comments or influences that people may have about LGBTI community.
Melissa has spoken at Brace Education this year as well as at Vic Roads about being transgender and her journey as well as how to make workplaces more inclusive. Melissa wrote for the Guardian earlier this year talking about her experiences of bullying and harrasment and others have faced as well as talking about the mental health issues around this such as attempted suicicde and sucicde. She also recently spoke on ABC News in September saying “A lot of people in my community are too afraid to come out and share their experiences for fear of losing their job”. Melissa has also written for the HR Daily about flexible work places and wrote for Sofya Magazine in the UK earlier this year sharing her story.
Melissa writes with integrity and an openness which some people may find uncomfortable or confronting she does to educate people about issues transgender people face as well as how to make workplaces more inclusive for transgender people.
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Flexible Working Day Ambassador at Flexible Working Day April 2018 - Present
Steering Committee Member at NOW Australia April 2018 - Present
Global Goodwill Ambassador March 2018 - Present
Media Commentator October 2017 - Present
Media commentator for TV and Radio
Keynote Speaker, MC and Motivational Speaker September 2017 - Present
August 2017 - Present
Melissa Griffiths consultant on transgender from all angles
Ambassador and Consultant July 2017 - Present
Panelist for panel discussions. June 2017 - Present
Spoken as Keynote Speaker and as part of panel discussions at various events.
Client Service and Auditor at Australian Government August 2002 - Present
January 2018 - February 2018 (2 months)
Speaking at public event - Women’s March Melbourne
YGap Ambassador - Polished Man Campaign at YGAP August 2017 - September 2017 (2 months)
Consulting work and client relations
January 1998 - August 2002 (4 years 8 months)
March 1995 - November 1998 (3 years 9 months)
Green Bay High School Auckland
Accounting and Economics and English and Geography , 1984 - 1988
Honors and Awards
Finalist for Victorian LGBTI person of the year