Melanie Benson (formerly Melanie Strick), a Revenue Strategist and Business Performance Optimizer, is a guide for conscious entrepreneurs ready to accelerate their impact and income by making their business perform 10 times better. With over 12 years experience in corporate America, Melanie specializes in aligning visionary, game-changing entrepreneurs who are emerging as leaders with the most powerful mindset, actions and strategies that propel them to a level of success they never knew they could achieve.
Melanie combines her extensive traditional education (she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management) with multiple advanced certifications in Project Management, Results Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and even a license as a Spiritual Counselor to get her clients past their obstacles and into impacting the world in a fulfilling, and profitable, way.
Integrating creativity and intuition with a honed “facts and data” approach has resulted in some of the most comprehensive business growth resources available to conscious entrepreneurs.
Melanie is host of Amplify Your Success Podcast, serves on the Women Speaker's Association Executive Team, is a member of the Association of Transformational Leaders and is co-author of Entrepreneur.com’s “Start Up Guide to an Information Marketing Business” and "Voices of the 21st Century: Powerful, Passionate Women Who Make a Difference book (as well as wrote the foreword!)
Melanie speaks for many entrepreneurial audiences across the globe both live and virtually via webinars and telephone-based seminars; has been a regularly featured expert on radio shows and in media publications such as American Express OPEN Forum, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Women’s Day, Parenting Magazine, University of Phoenix Alumni Magazine and Female Entrepreneur Magazine.
Melanie lives just outside of the Los Angeles area with her husband and bonus children who she practices her hobby on - being a closet gourmet paleo chef. As an avid lifestyle enthusiast she spends her free time in search of the best spas and beaches in the world.
Melanie formed Success Connections, Inc in 2001 and after struggling for 2 ½ years broke her first six figures in 2004. Since then she’s coached thousands of entrepreneurs into breaking six and seven figures in their own businesses. Melanie was nominated for the prestigious 40-Under-40 Award in 2005.
In 2013, Melanie partnered with We Save The Children to create CAMP Success — a week long goal-setting and success program for high-risk children in the Los Angeles projects. She has served as past co-chair of the Small Business Coaching Task Force for the International Coach Federation, with a charter to promote the value of coaching to small business owners world-wide and to provide community for other coaches who serve this niche.
In 2003, launched the LA chapter of the Shared Vision Network, a professional organization for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Melanie is known as an extraordinary connector and thrives in networking, collaborative marketing partnerships and connecting the right people with the right resources – at the right time!
From 2001 to 2003, Melanie served in leadership positions including President of the International Coach Federation Los Angeles. Under her leadership, the chapter grew from a 10-person living-room meeting to a 50+ regular monthly professional dinner meeting.
From 1991 to 2001 Melanie worked for Motorola, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, in the Communications Division located in San Diego, CA. Her career included being a business analyst and trade show manager to Quality Systems Manager. She won two awards for innovative ideas and presentations in Motorola’s Total Customer Satisfaction program; spent three years managing multi-million dollar projects for state and local government dispatch centers; and traveled the country training teams how to meet customer’s satisfaction needs.
Melanie believes in continual learning and is advancing her education with a minimum investment of $15,000 a year. In addition to multiple business trainings in systems, marketing and advanced success strategies, Melanie is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis, Master NLP Trainer, is a Licensed Spiritual Counselor, a graduate of Coach U, and has an accreditation as an Insights Discovery System™ Facilitator. Melanie also holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management and a Bachelors of Science in Business Management.