Melissa James is an award winning diversity expert, proven thought leader, and trending businesswoman dedicated to increasing diversity in the technology industry. Her proven strategies help candidates think more strategically about their careers and land positions that will accelerate their development. Melissa is the President and CEO of The Tech Connection, the premier marketplace for purpose driven, diverse, technical talent. Her mission is to help people reach their highest potential by accelerating their individual pathway to success. She has a strong track record of building high performing teams for elite companies such as Google, RA Capital, Teradata, and Sample6.
Her passions include:
•Identifying top technical talent and placing individuals at innovative companies.
•Creating creative recruitment strategies that reduce unconscious bias and increase candidate pools.
•Sharing best practices with job seeking candidates in a one to one setting.
•Consulting companies on workforce trends.
•Providing leadership development workshops for various organizations.
•Organizing and developing targeted recruitment events.
She regularly engages in speaking opportunities to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in minorities. She has a particular interest in the leadership development of young girls. By sharing her passion for leadership development she has been recognized as a leader and mentor by members of her community.