About Melissa Griffiths
Melissa Griffiths is a transgender authority and advocate who lives in Melbourne. Melissa is a consultant to businesses about how to deal with a transgender people transitioning in their workplace and also on diversity and inclusion. She has managed to get a gender identity policy introduced at Brisbane Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club and Victoria Racing Club.
Melissa is also a highly sought after speaker for events and conferences. She spoke at RMIT for International Women’s Day in 2019 and in 2018 was a keynote speaker at the National Employment Solutions Conference. She speaks on a wide variety of subject matter/topics including but not limited to:
•Bullying, harassment, intimidation and sexual harassment
•Creating Toxic Free Workplaces
•Diversity and Inclusion
•DISC Behaviour Patterns
•Organisational Gender Diversity
•Rights for Elder Australians
•Transgender children and families
•Transgender from all angles
Melissa is a MC/Mistress of ceremonies and inspirational/keynote speaker who was a recipient of a Australia Day Achievement Award in 2019. Melissa was a finalist in the 2019 Australian LGBTI awards in the Hero Category as well as receiving the Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship & Chakra Award from India instituted by ICONGO and the UN. She has also been a finalist for 2018 Agenda Setter of the year in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards and a finalist for 2017 Victorian LGBTI Person of the year award.
Melissa is a media commentator has raised a lot of awareness around how to make the workplace more inclusive for transgender people. Melissa has raised awareness about bullying, harassment through writing in the Media for The Guardian. She also regularly writes for the media or online websites about various issues including but not limited to LGBTIQA+ issues, Mental Health and Social Media.
Melissa is also a director of Elder Rights Advocacy and JustSociale as well as a former committee member of the NOW Australia foundation and current member of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce.
Melissa was interviewed in 2020 for online TV show The Informer and for channel nine online article about transgender kids. Melissa has also been featured on ABC News in 2018 as well as on Channel 10’s popular morning show Studio 10 in 2017. She has also spoken on radio on Joy 94.9FM and overseas in USA as well as been featured as part of a podcast on sexuality for NOVA entertainment Sydney.
She has also been featured on the front cover of Sofya Style Magazine UK as well as in MINDFOOD Magazine in 2019. Melissa is an ambassador for Flexible Working Day, Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA) – Linkedin and was an ambassador for YGAP’s 2017 Polished Man campaign.
“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.”
“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. “
“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."
• Melissa provided fantastic insight into advocacy and how to make a change.
• It was wonderful to have exposure to this topic, to receive tips for positive advocacy and leadership from a place of challenge.
• Melissa was very inspirational. She shared excellent skills and knowledge in being a leader and provided an excellent discussion regarding being an effective advocate in the community.
,br> •Melissa draws upon her years of experience as an advocate to share how people can effectively advocate for their cause including how to create change and tools you need to do this.
•She also shares about the some of the skills you need to be effective as an advocate and the importance of building networks. Melissa draws upon her experience as a leader in her community and board director to share the importance of being a leader and the responsibility that comes along with this.
Organisational Gender Diversity Policy
•Designing and creating a gender diversity in an organisational sense which works and one that doesn’t sit on the shelf.
,br> •Implementing gender diversity policy effectively whilst being cost effective but creating benefits for all and how individuals can implement change in their organisation.
Transgender from All Angles
•Melissa draws upon her experience sharing how organisations can effectively help a transgender person transition in their workplace.
•What to expect after a transgender person transitions in the workplace and why important to have policy/guidelines in place to deal with issues that may arise.