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Melissa Powell

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Founder and Chief Connector at Pocmi Inc.

Founder and Chief Connector at Pocmi Inc.

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31 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Operations
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Operations

Involved In

Founder

Pocmi Inc.
Melissa Powell | Talent Strategy

Advisor

Jencare Day Spa
Kar & Chach

Positions

Founder & CEO Pocmi Inc. January 2016 - present
Founder & CEO Melissa Powell | Talent Strategy January 2013 - present
Talent Management & Organizational Development Consultant Allen Joiner Group January 2015 - October 2015
Internal Operations Consultant iPrint Digital Jamaica Limited March 2014 - May 2015
Business Development and Special Projects Executive iPrint Digital Jamaica Limited March 2012 - March 2014
Independent Consultant Consultant January 2006 - May 2013
Search Engine Optimization Intern Suite Life of Barcelona 2011 - 2011
Estimator Moss and Associates January 2007 - January 2009
Architectural Designer Michael Heron and Associates 2004 - 2005
Preparator Institute of Jamaica 2004 - 2005
Summer Intern Martin Lyn Associates 2002 - 2002

Education

Florida International University International Business 2010 - 2011
Caribbean School of Architecture, UTech.,Ja. Architecture 2001 - 2003
Campion College 1991 - 1998

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
Advisor With
  • • Accounting
  • • Contracts
  • • Finding cofounders
  • • Technology
  • • Immigration
  • • Technical manager
  • • Technical co-founder
  • • Financial planning
  • • Financial analysis
  • • Financial Modeling
  • • Growth Financing
  • • International business
  • • International Law
  • • International Recruiment
  • • Legal Research
  • • Partnership agreements
  • • Psychometrics
  • • Strategic Human Capital Manageme
  • • Strategic Partnerships
  • • Technical Leadership
  • • International trade
  • • Business
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Green
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Project management • Recruiting • Leadership • Business Development • Organizational Development • Product Development • Screening resumes

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

31
Vouches Received

7
Vouches Given

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Roman Zrazhevskiy
They're my friends  •  SVP, Product Strategy, ETNA Software and Co-Founder, Ready To Go Survival. FinTech, E-Commerce and my long list of hobbies are my passion
Melissa is a highly motivated and persistent entrepreneur with an impressive background of execution
Melissa Moo-Young (McLennon)
They're my school  •  Monitoring and Compliance Officer, Memorial Healthcare System. Previously President, McLennon College Prep. University of Miami grad.
Melissa has had this vision for years. She is focused, driven and determined to see it through to fruition. Her passion is exemplary and I a ... m in constant awe of her "all or nothing" attitude.
Yaakov Sash
Consultant, Liquidity Risk, JPMorgan Chase & Co.. Previously Senior Business Analyst, Merrill Lynch.
Naomi Cowan, MDM
We worked together  •  Innovation Consultant, Media Producer, The Style Department, The LAB Creative Agency & Grace Kennedy Group.
She's fearless & comfortable with being uncomfortable
Marc Richards
They're my school  •  Systems Analyst, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB). Previously Web Developer, Panmedia Limited (Jamaica).
Melissa is a highly intelligent and motivated entrepreneur. She also posses a rare combination of caring and thoughtfulness that leads her t ... o make use of her talents in ways that benefit not only those around her, but also the world at large.
Yaakov Sash
They're my friends  •  Consultant, Liquidity Risk, JPMorgan Chase & Co.. Previously Senior Business Analyst, Merrill Lynch.
I met Melissa at the Founders Institute. She was always ready to help her fellow colleagues such as myself. She always delivered insightful ... feedback. As stressful as the work got, she never showed it. Melissa is level-headed, deeply insightful and would make a great entrepreneur.
Rochelle Gapere
They're my school  •  Owner, Social Esquire.
Melissa is highly intelligent, extremely creative and has focus and discipline which are unparalleled. I've known her for over 20 years and ... she has given 1000% to every project I've been fortunate to witness her participate in. She will undoubtedly make any space she occupies better!
John DaCosta
They're my school  •  Database Architect, ParTech, Inc.. University of Miami grad.
Melissa is resourceful, strives to solve common problems in new ways and has created and nurtured strong relationships
Dr. Charlene Rousseau, PhD
They're my advisor  •  President, Envisionary Development Consulting, LLC and Member of the Graduate Program Board of Advisors, Keiser University.
Melissa would be a good entrepreneur because of her focus, drive, and brilliant ideas. Her passion for creating work opportunities for talen ... t all over the globe is a solution that is well needed in today's global economy. There's a difference between someone who's looking for self-employment and someone who's an entrepreneur and Melissa embodies the latter. She's interested in creating solutions to solve real-world problems.
Josef Powell
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder & Executive Director, Summit Property Solutions Group, LLC and Vice Chairman, Powell-Bull Scholarship Fund.
Not all people who feel they want to undergo an entrepreneurial journey can really handle the road ahead. But Melissa has the drive, skillse ... ts, and ability to know what she knows, and know what she doesn't know (which is a very important, unique and rare trait these days). She will thrive in any environment she's in, and possesses a passion for whatever she does that will lead her to inevitable success.
Michael Claire
We worked together  •  CEO, SpiderCentro, Inc. Previously Vice President, Marketing, Homeowners Loan Corp. York grad.
Outstanding communication skills, an intuitive leader with integrity.
Dwayne Samuels
They're my school  •  Cofounder, Grikly. Previously Entrepreneur in Residence & Mentor, Draper University - Entrepreneurship Programs.
She's a great connector and very determined to make her company successful.
William Meade Jr., MD, MBA
They're my friends  •  Director of Business Development, Emergent Medical Associates and CEO & Founder, Activ8 Athleticism LLC. Duke grad.
Melissa is a leader, and innovative thinker. She has the motivational attitude that would encourage other entrepreneurs to pursue their drea ... ms while giving them advice on the tangible steps to get there.
bryan noel
We worked together  •  Previously Partner / Strategist, Root Radius. Previously Sr. Project Manager / Account Manager, Root Radius.
Melissa has the ability to see opportunities in traditional industries. She understands developing solutions based on pains of people, not j ... ust "good" ideas.
Denaye Hinds, LEED AP
They're my friends  •  Technical Director, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and Civil Engineer/Director of Sustainability, OBM International.
Analytical - Melissa has the ability to view her business from multiple angles. From this she is able to determine the needs of her success ... (both in a traditional and non-traditional sense) and creates a path to ensure achievement. I'm always intrigued by the steps she takes to grow her skill sets to meet the needs of her business. Always thinking ahead and analyzing the potential... Driven - I met Melissa prior to her current entrepreneurial endeavors. We shared many of the same goals and personality traits in terms of our views, passion to give back and abilities assist others in realizing their potential. I have seen Melissa dream, develop and detail her business acumen since the 1st day we met. Her light was so bright and her mind so steadfast that every obstacle became a blessing to her. Her drive and dedication inspires me daily. She has a very focused vision, but still manages to stay humble and well-rounded in her goals. I have seen her evolve, shatter barriers, find unique opportunities and creative ways to secure her footing in the entrepreneurial world. Intelligence - She is strategic in the organization of her thoughts and displays great knowledge. The extensive professional development and leadership opportunities she takes only enhances her level of intelligence. Well-rounded in her education and life experiences she exudes confidence and clarity, characteristics which continue to shine through in her roles and accomplishments.
Jessica C. Lewis
They're my school  •  Librarian - Mona Information Literacy Unit, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
Melissa's indomitable spirit has influenced me in times of professional and personal obstacles. She approaches projects with a vision and i ... mpartiality that almost always yields progress and/or increased potential.
Lisandra Rickards
They're my advisor  •  Co-Founder & Interim Network Manager, Alpha Angels Network and Entrepreneur Program Manager, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - Caribbean.
Melissa is a natural networker and is able to see how to use connections to add value to her business. She is also very thorough and relentl ... ess in moving toward seeing her startup dream realized.
Abdi Shayesteh
They're my friends  •  CEO & Founder, Sofos Labs, Inc. and Co-Founder Partner, AltaTransforma. University of California, San Diego grad.
Melissa has a passion for international human capital. She would be great for launching this type of company.
Barry Lewis
They're my school  •  Product Owner (Contractor) Software Product Management, Digital Acquisition Team, American Express. Cornell grad.
She is a Founder at the Founder Institute in NYC as am I and she is determined and driven to make her company a success.
Christopher Perry
They're my friends  •  Business Development, Ligero Energy. Previously Business Development, Energy Discounters.
Melissa is driven by calculated passion which I find to be a key attribute for successful entrepreneurs.
Katrina Kelly
We worked together  •  Managing Director, iPrint Digital Limited.
Melissa was instrumental in the build out and development of new products. She is passionate and focused about whatever task she is given.
Kerrie-Ann Tucker
They're my school  •  Previously Development Associate, Home Leasing.
Melissa is blessed with a quality and insightfulness that cannot be taught in the lecture halls of the world's best universities- empathy. M ... elissa merged her professionalism and problem-solving with a holistic approach to understanding and identifying my key motivation, passions, values and skills. No system or large consultancy could have provided the targeted and personalized advice in my job search that she did simply because she's able to transcend what ought to be. Melissa is a role model, cheerleader, fearless entrepreneur and authentic. She get's it!
Karen Evans
We worked together  •  Development Estimating Manager, Seminole Gaming. Previously Estimator, Finaly General Contracting Corporation.
Melissa is a go-getter and does not shy away from taking risk. She has been consistent in her efforts to expand her entrepreneurship circles ... helping others such as myself along the way while staying in the know and keeping abreast of innovation to make the journey as efficient as possible.
Melanie Levy
They're my friends
Melissa Powell would be a great advisor, she is always willing to give of her time and help you in any way possible. She is loyal, dedicated ... , compassionate and believes in herself and her goals. She is focused and extremely detailed oriented. I am Proud to vouch for Melissa Powell, she truly represents what a entrepreneur should be and I expect nothing less than greatness from her.
KRISTINA BRODERICK
They're my friends  •  Worked , and Jewellery Designer, KRISTINA BRODERICK JEWELLERY.
She is extremely focused and driven. She sees her commitments through to the very end and has great leadership/management qualities.
Cary Reid
They're my school  •  Project Based Diploma Coordinator, UWC Mahindra College. Previously Country Support Associate, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc..
Driven Melissa has been working on this idea for a few years now and has remained as focused and committed to the idea for the entire time. ... She reaches out to people to get advice and ideas and criticism to continually improve the plan. In addition she tries to connect her other philanthropic ideas to her work so that she can be of more support to her beneficiaries. This is her life and passion and she works hard at it. One cannot be around Melissa without understanding that she is going to make this be successful. Intelligent Melissa process work with the mind of an entrepreneur and a manager. She thinks clearly about both long-term and short term objectives and does a good job of connecting the two so that both she and her stakeholders can participate in the work that needs to be done. She supports this with the ability to recognize and understand how each person can contribute. This may be a result of or may have been enhanced by her training as an architect. Communicative Melissa has been working on this idea for a few years now and one major feature of all our conversations with her over this time has been the project - how it is going, what she just achieved, what happens next, where the sticking points are. Her style of reaching out helps one to feel connected to the work. She extends herself so that you get what you need to to be informed - depending on your role as investor, client, contractor, developer, contact, or friend Simply, you have met good people and Melissa is better than all of them
Pierpaolo Maniglio
They're my school  •  Global Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager | Reuters.com, Thomson Reuters.
I know Melissa since grad school, where we immediately bonded as we both share great enthusiasm for the startup world: she is driven and ins ... pired by the willingness to create business with a purpose - bringing people, ideas and opportunities together to create value for the society. Melissa is a genuine person always ready to help others, able to connect the dots to overcome process roadblocks. Strong communication skills and ability to create empathy make her a great net-worker and easy to work with. I am of the opinion that Melissa would be perfect to develop and lead a business which involves creating international business infrastructures, dealing with organizations at different levels and leveraging a very diverse and multicultural ecosystem to successfully make an impact in the global job market.
Ayanna T. Samuels
They're my school  •  Lead Consultant, ICT Expert, Gender Equity in St. Lucia's ICT Sector Consultancy and Consultant, World Bank Group.
Melissa is an entrepreneur extraordinare! Her passion for global immigration & culture as it relates to the movement & management of interna ... tional professionals is palpable and doesn't just ignite her spirit but indeed that of all those blessed to cross her path. She's organized, methodical and always brings a refreshingly positive "life is good" approach to all she does. Her business acumen is well honed and ever increasing success is a direct testament of this. I unreservedly vouch for her and am proud to call her colleague and friend!
B. Alicia Bajwa
We worked together  •  Manager, Planning and Business Analytics, One Kings Lane. Previously Business Manager, Shutterfly Inc..
Melissa is a passionate entrepreneur that is driven to succeed. She is great to work with and thoughtful with her feedback. I would highly r ... ecommend working with her.
Kirk DaCosta
They're my friends  •  Enterprise Architect, Assurant Solutions. Previously Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Architecture Standards and Governance Lead, PNC.
Melissa is hard working, ambitious and has high ethical standards. She thinks big and backs it up with action.
Peta-Gaye Samuda
They're my friends  •  President/CEO, Jencare Skin Farm Day Spa.
Melissa is a very knowledgeable and skilled leader. She has vision and is passionate about helping people achieve their goals.

Josef Powell
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder & Executive Director, Summit Property Solutions Group, LLC and Vice Chairman, Powell-Bull Scholarship Fund.
Josef has done an excellent job of building an organization with multinational presence, from ground up. While doing so he has managed to ma ... intain balance between creating a successful company and actively caring for his family and environment. He is committed to helping entrepreneurs to develop the skillsets necessary to move forward, as he has done for me on many occasions. He is an advocate for growth through continuous learning. Josef also has a knack for connecting people. If there is an area where he sees someone else is better suited to advise, he will facilitate that connection. Josef's success is not only attributed to the success of his company and investments, but also his determined investment in those who cross his path. I definitely recommend Josef as an advisor!

Denaye Hinds, LEED AP
They're my friends  •  Technical Director, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and Civil Engineer/Director of Sustainability, OBM International.
When people talk about creating opportunity, they are talking about Denaye. She has strong vision and drive that has lead her to where she i ... s now, accomplished in the world of sustainability. She is able to analyse situations, see what's needed and follow through on making it happen. I have witnessed this through her work as the founder of a non-profit, the leader in her organization and the in the region for sustainable development. Through all of this accomplishment, Denaye remains humble and focusses on continued progress, not just for herself but for the world we live in. She is already an awesome entrepreneur and will only help others that cross her path to be just as great.

Barry Lewis
They're my school  •  Product Owner (Contractor) Software Product Management, Digital Acquisition Team, American Express. Cornell grad.
Barry is very professional, a leader and determined to help small businesses grow. His drive to help other will make him a great entrepreneu ... r!

Dr. Charlene Rousseau, PhD
We worked together  •  President, Envisionary Development Consulting, LLC and Member of the Graduate Program Board of Advisors, Keiser University.
Charlene is a good entrepreneur because she has the ability to move anything from negative to infinite. She does this because she is a maste ... r at building strong relationships, where no matter what she always has the other party's best interest at heart. She is exceptionally good at both organizational and personal development, and she leads everyone she comes across down a more structured and successful path. Needless to say, anyone would be lucky to have her in their court.

Kirk DaCosta
They're my friends  •  Enterprise Architect, Assurant Solutions. Previously Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Architecture Standards and Governance Lead, PNC.
Kirk would be a great entrepreneur because he is driven to solve problems in the most efficient way. He is also very passionate about helpin ... g underdeveloped communities and will go through great lengths to offer/ provide solutions for them to move ahead. Being driven and passionate are two key factors to the success of any entrepreneur.

Pierpaolo Maniglio
They're my school  •  Global Digital & Social Media Marketing Manager | Reuters.com, Thomson Reuters.
Anything Pierpaolo puts his mind to, he gets it done. He is an international professional that has become a leader in the world of digital a ... nd social media marketing, and has been trusted by companies like Coca-Cola and Thomson Reuters to lead them in that capacity. This is not by coincidence as Pierpaolo is not phased by challenges and responsibility. His leadership in the field is also as a result of his on a continuous quest to improve. Armed with this first hand, always up to date knowledge, along with always being readily available to help with the growth of others (as he has been with me), Pierpaolo makes a great advisor to both individuals and organizations.

Melanie Levy
They're my friends
Melanie is a good entrepreneur because she is able to see her visions to reality. She has taken her passion, sweets, and created Jamaica's f ... irst complete candy focussed store which I have no doubt she will lead into success not only in Jamaica but in many other territories. She is a go getter who is always ready to learn and improve. Melanie is not easily shaken by fear and will do what it takes for herself and others around her to succeed.