We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie Espeland and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melanie, every day, we think about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I came up with the initial idea for my coaching practice by accident, on a walk in NYC’s lower east side with a friend. We were brainstorming ideas for her career, and somehow started talking about my own. We realized that I have a uniquely peculiar set of skills as both a Voice Actor, MBA-educated businesswoman, and go-to empath amongst friends. I could take my unique skills and offer executive presence and voice coaching to executives. My first iteration utilized a holistic mix of voice training; McKinsey strategy consulting tutelage; organic psychological & intuitive capability; Columbia University MBA education; and fashion industry image know-how.

After learning from my initial clients, I continued to iterate and refine my approach to a repeatable proven set of steps. I also added executive advisory coaching services, where I help illuminate the path to greater success, whether it be through a career pivot, managing politics, work life balance, or more.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a New Yorker at heart that is still new to and loving Los Angeles. So far, my favorite spots for cocktails are Delilah, Employees Only, and Gracias Madre. For food, I am currently loving the wildly delicious gluten free and vegan pasta options at Sestina.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout is to my friends! I’m inspired by an amazing circle of friends that are hard-working, kind, imaginative, and adventuresome. It is so important to surround yourself with people who inspire and elevate you, while you inspire and elevate them in return.

Website: www.espelandenterprises.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melanieespeland/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanie-espeland/

Other: Google Business Profile: https://bit.ly/34HSHb7

Image Credits
Photos of Melanie: Tori Moca Photography Logo: Espeland Enterprises LLC

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