National Association of Professional Women Inducts Melissa Charles, B.A., Master's, Founder / Owner, Desert Leadership, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Melissa Charles selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

I’m pleased to recognize Melissa with this important honor. Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Melissa Charles as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to recognize Melissa with this important honor,” says NAPW President Star Jones. “Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women.”

As Founder and Owner of Desert Leadership, Melissa Charles understands the importance of strong leadership in business. She also lives out these beliefs in her role as Vice President of the Mesa, Arizona Chapter of NAPW. Drawn to training and development throughout her career, Ms. Charles enjoys supporting individuals and organizations in their strides toward professional success.

Established in 2013, Desert Leadership is a consulting and training company that focuses on enhancing the communication, leadership and cohesiveness within organizations. Some of Ms. Charles’ numerous responsibilities include sales, product development and executive coaching. She creates and provides many resources through courses and seminars to foster the growth and improvement of an organization.

Ms. Charles isn’t one to shy away from challenges, but rather she uses them to drive her forward in her career. “I also am skilled in the area of conflict management, I enjoy talking to people and really getting to the bottom of the issues and how to work to resolve them,” she said.

Ms. Charles considers her biggest accomplishments to be receiving a Bachelor’s in Business Administration / HR as well as a Master’s Certification in Conflict Management/Mediation, both with honors. She finds the most rewarding part of her career to be the ability to help transform individuals into future leaders. In the future, Ms. Charles hopes to continue to inspire others, grow her business and travel the world.

Awards & Accomplishments: B.A., Business Administration / Human Resources; Master’s Certification, Conflict Management / Mediation; Vice President, Mesa, Arizona Chapter of NAPW

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive networking forum to successful professional women where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, tools and benefits, members interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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