Speaking About Passion

Over the last two years I have transitioned from being a professional lobbyist and university professor to a full time stay at home mother to three children.  This life change has led me to challenge many of the personal ideas that I had about myself as a woman and has sent me on a life path that I never dreamed possible.  As I very clumsily made this dramatic shift, I sought inspiration from a variety of sources and happened to stumble upon Gabrielle Bernstein’s weekly vlogs on her website http://gabbyb.tv.  Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Gabrielle and listen to her speak about her new book, “May Cause Miracles”.  During this event several things struck me about Bird Girl Industries and the work that I do for women and children in my community.

I am called to speak up for those who have no voice.

I am called to teach and empower change agents throughout the world.

I am here in deep service to help individuals and organizations make passionate, dramatic shifts to improve on their every day activities.

As community leaders, non-profit fundraisers, corporate trainers, educators, and business owners you know the power of a passionate speaker who can take your audience from “I don’t know” to “Yes I can.”

I am the woman who can take your next event to new heights by providing exciting and thought provoking speeches that will send your audience out into the world ready to make a difference in the lives of everyone they meet.

I am looking forward to being of service to you and your organization or business.  Please email me today at melissabird1001@gmail.com so that we can change the world together!

Melissa Bird with Gabrielle Bernstein her mother, author Christina V. Larsen

A night with Gabrielle Bernstein

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About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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