Melissa Thomas

Los Gatos, California

Melissa brings a unique combination of change management, process consulting, coaching, marketing, and business development experience to her roles at Nvolv. As a change strategist and coach, she has partnered with leaders and their executive teams to help drive the transformation of organizations such as Vir Biotechnology, Starbucks, Foot Locker, Moët Hennessy, 7-Eleven, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kanbay, and Capgemini. Melissa guides executives and organizations to reach new levels of success and performance—through lasting change—by applying a range of well-honed skills that include engaging and aligning teams, creating and evolving culture, developing world-class talent, managing corporate growth, and enhancing operational efficiency. In addition to her consulting and executive coaching work, she leads the marketing and business development efforts at Nvolv. She is passionate about serving through meaningful work, maintaining curiosity, and building connections—three of her core values. 

Melissa received a BA in Business from Texas A&M University, where she was a member of the Fellows Program, and earned her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. She is also a graduate of the Hudson Coach Certification Program from the Hudson Institute of Coaching. She holds an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as well as ICF membership. Melissa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

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The place I’ll always call home
Texas. No matter where I live, my heart will always be connected to the state where I grew up. Big skies, bluebonnets, Tex-Mex, BBQ, iced tea, and open spaces feel like home to me.
What I most love about my work
Seeing the excitement and passion as leaders achieve new levels of success. It’s wonderful to see someone get energized as they step into their full potential.
A guiding quote
“Just get it done” by Michael Connelley (my father). Simple, sage, and timeless advice.
I got inspired when I read
“A Personal History” by Katharine Graham. It is an honest, moving, heartbreaking, and inspirational story of a family and the hard decisions they made. And it provides an insightful view into the evolution of the women’s movement.
I get excited when I see
My kids experiencing new places. I love watching them meet new people, soak up different settings, taste new foods, and engaged with different languages (verbal and social) in the places we visit. Our family life becomes richer through these experiences that we all share.
I became verklempt when
The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. I lived in Chicago for 15 years and was a loyal fan.... It was a beautiful victory that literally brought tears to my eyes.