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A champion of the millennial generation, gender diversity and inclusion in leadership

We need to prepare women and millennials to be our future leaders now.


Melanie Beirne is hugely passionate about equipping leaders to succeed in a multigenerational workplace and helping you understand new ways of working to reduce workplace friction. She likes to bust the rumours about the millennial generation and has the how-to attract and unlock millennials’ endless potential.

Melanie shares an approach to transform organisational culture and leadership that will ensure your organisation is more attractive to women and young people.

As founder of Women Step Forward, Melanie is a champion of gender balance and inclusive leadership. Melanie is committed to harnessing the talent of women and believes women millennials are the key solution to create a sustainable women in leadership pipeline.

Melanie is a charismatic, high-energy, engaging and inspirational speaker, MC, and facilitator. Melanie’s humour and straight-up approach entertains, challenges and transform’s perspectives. She speaks from personal experience, draws on years of experience developing women millennials and leaders, the delivery of focus groups to better understand workplace realities of women and women of ethnic and cultural diversity, and years of research into generations. Sessions led by Melanie are dynamic and lively.

Melanie is a senior leadership practitioner and Gallup-certified strengths coach with over 22 years’ of leadership experience coaching and building high-performing leaders and leadership teams. She is a pre-qualified facilitator for the Leadership Development Centre to deliver New People Leader and Leaders of Leaders programme to the public service. Melanie has led highly complex transformational programmes within New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Current Work
Melanie spends her time empowering and coaching the next generation of women leaders, delivering leadership programmes to leaders, or designing bespoke solutions to develop and strengthen the capability of senior leadership teams. She delivers millennial leadership workshops for executives, workshops for women and millennials, and strengths coaching for teams to improve team dynamics and collaboration.

Talking Points

Women and Leadership Workshop: Leadership starts with you

This session gives participants the chance to plan and drive their own career growth. It enables women to reflect on what is important to them, appreciate and lean into their talents and accomplishments and self-initiate and create positive change that will increase their leadership impact. The session allows for learning, reflection and the generation of ideas that empower and inspire action. Participants leave with a personal action plan.
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