Name:

Melody Joy

Follow her on: Instagram; Twitter; Facebook; LinkedIn (link to social network)

Her 9-5: 

MaJor International 

Her After 5: (if they have a full time job) title Her Business if not

Location:

Atlanta, Georgia

About Her:

Melody is not your average facilitator, speaker or Executive Director.  Her delivery in presentations and speeches are filled with passion, influence, and momentum.  Her workshops and sessions are challenging and catapulting; demanding intentional changes to levels of commitment, internal and external circumstances, and evaluations to your connections.   Melody has served in the community volunteering; project managing in religious and secular arenas with multi-level executives, artists, and leaders; conference emceeing/hosting and transformational speaking.
With a concentration in training and organizational development, events and project management,  Melody loves sitting down with women and men blue printing and strategically executing visions and dreams from conception to completion; assisting with which idea to start first; balancing parenting, corporate, ministry and marketplace.   Each client receives counsel and coaching with each level of commitment to ensure and achieve a level of self-actualization without losing focus of their goals, gifts, and grit as they leverage their platforms in front of an audience of one or one million.   MaJor intentionally maximizes what seems minimal to others; taking small resources and ideas and turning them into MaJor results.

What services does your business offer?

Major provides Event/Project Management,
Organizational Development,
Emceeing/Hosting, Brand Expansion and Management and Transformational Speaking.

Target audiences/markets are CEOs, leaders, Corporate settings and those looking to expand their current existing business/brand

Why did you start this business?

To create a life where I can have the liberty I’ve always envisioned. I also started because I totally enjoy pouring into others and showing them that there are multiple ways to do small things in Major ways.
I love teaching, leading, facilitating, training, serving and developing.

Why did you enter into this industry?

There is a need for more diversity, creativity, and leadership in the areas of arts and entertainment, media and ministry. I absolutely love assisting others with their projects, visions, and ideas.

What challenges did you face launching your business?

1). Time Management and Balance with working a traditional 9-5
2). Financial Investment
3). The right coach

What experiences did you learn from corporate America?

Being in the medical field taught me a lot about confidentiality, case management and introduced me to lots of structure and strategy.  The medical field also afforded me the opportunity and the experience to serve, train and interact with executives on various levels.

What helped you transition from corporate employee to entrepreneur?

Honestly my last raise is what did it for me. In all that I do and have done, my annual review was great but my raise was only $.56.  That Friday I drove home, my drive Monday through Friday is over 90 minutes. I drove with tears claiming my face.  In the midst of my prayers and venting to God I decree that I was no longer afraid and that I will vow to do the work and Whatever it takes for me to have the freedom that I want and to also never allow anyone to tell me how much they think I am worth.  I became sick and tired of the rat race and the feeling of being devalued in all the value that I brought to the company everyday.

Morning/Evening routine:

Prayer
Make Declarations
Say Good Morning to my family
Network/market Research (some days)
Pause and Plan
Work on Current Projects
Me/Family time
Review my day
Prepare for the next day/week

Favorite quote:

“When you can’t trace God, still trust Him” (unknown)

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference.  It’s never about the role, always about the goal.” (Lisa Haisha)

“Your current is not your conclusion” (heard it in a Bible study years ago)

3 Things in your purse you cannot live without:

Lip Gloss, Debit Card and Keys

Advice I would give to my younger self:

You don’t always have to see what’s around the corner, just turn the corner.  Trust God, your gifts, and your gut feeling.  Some opportunities only come ONCE.  Live. Don’t just exist.

6-word memoir:

Do Small Things in MaJor Way