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Melissa Thornley

Creative Leadership Expert, Melissa Thornley Consulting in Chicago United States

I produce talent and leadership initiatives to increase your impact. If you are an entrepreneur or organization looking to navigate change, nurture leadership skills, or elevate communication and engagement, I’m your gal.
I’m a business builder, corporate leader and brand champion. I’ve written, produced and managed creative teams in Chicago, New York, and London. My background is advertising and film. I’ve worked with brands that include Nike, Coca-Cola, PBS, McDonald’s, and Walgreens.
If we want to increase our impact, we need to stay inspired. To highlight the inspiring leaders making an impact, I partnered with Daily Planet to create Beyond the Spot, a web series that explores what makes creative people tick.
Contagious energy and passion for making the intangible tangible are my trademark qualities. My results-oriented approach is based in equal parts inspiration and perspiration.
I hold certifications with the ICF (International Coaching Federation) and Coaches Training Institute. I’m also a Kolbe certified consultant (Kolbe looks at natural strengths and problem-solving instincts).
In contrast to my traditional business background, I’m a storyteller, creator and maker. My training in improv, yoga/dance and energy work offers unique solutions. Dance, yoga, music and my three 4-legged gurus Frida, Frenchie, and Hudson keep my creative juices flowing.
I operate at the intersection of the left brain and right brain. I draw the creativity out of business people, and the business out of creative people.

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My Belly Button: A User’s Guide

@ VOL 33 ON MAR 03, 2015

Our belly buttons connect us to our mother as we enter the world.  Melissa Thornley reflects on how we get our nourishment once that connection is cut.

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Chicago @ Martyrs'
Mar 03, 2015