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Guest Speaker Melanie Goldish

After many exciting years working in corporate for-profit and non-profit leadership roles around the US and the world, Melanie Goldish has returned to Duluth and is currently teaching in the Department of Communication where she received her BA. "It is a delight to bring this vital curriculum to life with rich stories and examples collected from those kaleidoscopic professional adventures! I am thrilled to be back at UMD, being fueled by the energy here on campus and enjoying the stimulating challenges and discussions each day with my students," states Goldish.

Melanie Goldish is the Founder of SuperSibs! (www.supersibs.org), the global nonprofit organization which provides ongoing support to over 30,000 vulnerable brothers and sisters of children with cancer and their families. A significant outcome of this effort also included the launch of the independent Sibling Research Advisory Board (SRAB), the SuperSibs! Scholarship Program and the SuperSibs! Ambassadors Speakers Bureau.  Melanie now presides as an Honorary Board Member and Consultant/Speaker for SuperSibs! and as a Consultant for CommuniCare (healthcare communication organization in Norway).

Prior to founding and serving as SuperSibs! Executive Director for 8 years, Melanie’s corporate for-profit career included over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 and Mid-Market corporations, serving as Vice President Client Relations for Carlson Marketing Group in Chicago, as well as national sales and consulting leadership with Aon Consulting/Pecos River Change Management Group, American Express and Carlson Learning Company.

Melanie received her M.A. Degree in Communication (Organizational Development/ Training/Intercultural Communication) from the University of Minnesota. Her graduate work involved research with two multinational corporations (IKEA and Brio AB) headquartered in Sweden. Additionally, for 7 years as a Figure Skating Professional, Melanie coached promising young competitive skaters in the U.S. and Sweden.

She has served on the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana, National Marrow Donor Program in Minneapolis, MN, Associate Member of Women  Business Leaders in Healthcare and Advisory Board Member of The Marrow Foundation, both in Washington DC. She has provided consultative support to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society of IL, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois and the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee, WI. A frequent and popular speaker, Melanie has presented at conferences and events across North America, in Ireland and China.  Melanie was chosen as the 2007 Energizer “Keep Going Hall of Fame Award” Winner along with Cal Ripken, Jr.  Her guiding principles are: "Act as if I make a difference" and “Use your voice; change the world.” She lives in Duluth, MN and is the proud mother of two sons, two-time cancer survivor, Travis and “the original SuperSib!” Spencer.