Melissa A. Washington sits down with MWM President Phyllis Wilson to discuss her service in the United States Navy, her decision to leave the military, the challenges of balancing a civilian career and being a military spouse and the importance of community.
Award-winning advocate, speaker, author, entrepreneur, CEO, and proud Navy veteran Melissa A. Washington wears many hats. Yet woven throughout her diverse pursuits is a mission of service—and a passion to empower her fellow women. The founder and CEO of Women Veterans Alliance—a national organization that seeks to empower and positively impact the lives of women veterans. She also oversees WVA’s non-profit division, Women Veterans Giving.
Melissa serves as an advisor to the American Veteran Organization of Women’s AVOW Magazine. An in-demand speaker and author, who has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, SiriusXM, ABC, NBC, and Fox, among others, Melissa was featured in VAntage Point—the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ official blog. She has also been recognized by a variety of organizations, including the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Center for Women Veterans, who honored her with the 2019 Trailblazer Award.