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who we are

The women of Little Black Desk Society are builders of communities and teams. As small business owners, female founders, and established entrepreneurs we have an impact on our clients, industry, and employees.

Regardless of previous experience, we are in a place of leadership and responsible for those we serve. Becoming better leaders enables us to empower those around us and make a difference in our communities and industry.

When we lead with excellence, teams love working with us, peers respect us, and clients refer us to friends.

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our values

CELEBRATE: I recognize my small daily wins. They are the stepping stones to my goals and milestones. I am grateful for each opportunity regardless of size. I celebrate the women who come before, with, and after me!

COMMUNICATION: I ask for constructive feedback so I can be better than I was yesterday. I am honest and forthright in setting clear expectations for all of my business relationships. I respect our differences even if I may not always agree.

COMMUNITY: I am surrounded by women who are ambitious, confident, determined, positive, and kind. I strive to be the mentor I seek. I choose to educate instead of belittle or ostracize. I choose grace over judgment knowing I was once a freshman. I am the sum of my closest friends and associates.

EXCELLENCE: I strive for excellence in my relationships and craft. I am committed to the discipline of hard work. I am patient and consistent in my efforts. I choose quality over quantity. Failure is an opportunity to learn. Challenges are opportunities to be creative.

LEGACY: I seek out opportunities to better serve my customers and community. To empower each woman in my community to achieve her potential whether I know her for a page, chapter, or entire story.

what clients are saying

Lauren Hansen LunaBear Studios

"Since leaving my full-time job just over a year ago, I’ve made a lot of changes in my business but wanted help taking my business to the next level. This year was a huge year for my business and I knew that if I was going to continue to grow (and serve my clients well) that I needed help. I was happy to find Melissa through a fellow business owner and friend who could not stop bragging about working with Melissa and now I know why! Melissa helped me uplevel all the systems throughout my company. Having hired a new studio manager in the spring, I knew I needed help getting all our systems in place and Melissa was a total rockstar. She was able to lead me through creating and maintaining new processes and honing current ones, all while giving me advice on what steps to take next. Having a business coach like Melissa to lean on and learn from has been so incredibly beneficial! Looking forward to 2018 I feel much better equipped to handle an increased workload and serve clients better and more efficiently.”

Lauren | LunaBear Studios

Little Black Desk Society
2019-04-09T18:44:46-05:00

Lauren | LunaBear Studios

"Since leaving my full-time job just over a year ago, I’ve made a lot of changes in my business but wanted help taking my business to the next level. This year was a huge year for my business and I knew that if I was going to continue to grow (and serve my clients well) that I needed help. I was happy to find Melissa through a fellow business owner and friend who could not stop bragging about working with Melissa and now I know why! Melissa helped me uplevel all the systems throughout my company. Having hired a new studio manager in the spring, I knew I needed help getting all our systems in place and Melissa was a total rockstar. She was able to lead me through creating and maintaining new processes and honing current ones, all while giving me advice on what steps to take next. Having a business coach like Melissa to lean on and learn from has been so incredibly beneficial! Looking forward to 2018 I feel much better equipped to handle an increased workload and serve clients better and more efficiently.”

Malori Maeva Form Floral

"I hired Melissa with LBDS earlier this spring when my small business brought on its first full-time employee and second part-time employee. Melissa worked with me to implement processes and systems for training, employee management, and overall workflow management that have put me leaps and bounds beyond where I would have been on my own. Walking away from this experience, I have two employees that are trained in such a way that they are almost autonomous in their roles (rather than always waiting for me to delegate responsibilities to them), a company structure that makes sense and is efficient, and a strong start to a company handbook. I can’t say enough positive things about LBDS and will hire them again and again and again.”

Malori | Form Floral

Little Black Desk Society
2019-04-09T18:45:51-05:00

Malori | Form Floral

"I hired Melissa with LBDS earlier this spring when my small business brought on its first full-time employee and second part-time employee. Melissa worked with me to implement processes and systems for training, employee management, and overall workflow management that have put me leaps and bounds beyond where I would have been on my own. Walking away from this experience, I have two employees that are trained in such a way that they are almost autonomous in their roles (rather than always waiting for me to delegate responsibilities to them), a company structure that makes sense and is efficient, and a strong start to a company handbook. I can’t say enough positive things about LBDS and will hire them again and again and again.”

Samantha Foley Wag Gem

“I’ve been in a few mastermind groups, and I love two things about LBDS: the women, and the structure. LBDS members are unfailingly wonderful, empathetic, crazy smart, driven, thoughtful human beings and it’s such a relief to have hard, meaningful, complicated conversations when that’s who you’re having them with.”

Samantha | Wag + Gem

Little Black Desk Society
2019-04-09T19:12:14-05:00

Samantha | Wag + Gem

“I’ve been in a few mastermind groups, and I love two things about LBDS: the women, and the structure. LBDS members are unfailingly wonderful, empathetic, crazy smart, driven, thoughtful human beings and it’s such a relief to have hard, meaningful, complicated conversations when that’s who you’re having them with.”

Alli Elmunzer Turquoise Palm

"I would describe my coaching experience with Melissa as nothing less that amazing. Melissa is always willing to make herself available when I need her advice and guidance, and always approaches our sessions with energy, passion, and real authenticity which makes me feel she not only cares about the success of my business, but me as a person as well. I often struggle with having too many ideas and tasks on my to-do list and have a difficult time trying to prioritize and follow through with them. Melissa helped me create a realistic management plan to achieve both my long and short term business goals. She is there along the way to encourage and empower me even when we weren't on our weekly phone calls through social media, emails, text messages, and even mailed me a care package! I will continue to work with Melissa as my coach, would highly recommend her to others looking for a coach who actually cares about you and your business, and consider myself lucky to call Melissa a friend!"

Alli | Turquoise & Palm

Little Black Desk Society
2019-04-10T19:39:14-05:00

Alli | Turquoise & Palm

"I would describe my coaching experience with Melissa as nothing less that amazing. Melissa is always willing to make herself available when I need her advice and guidance, and always approaches our sessions with energy, passion, and real authenticity which makes me feel she not only cares about the success of my business, but me as a person as well. I often struggle with having too many ideas and tasks on my to-do list and have a difficult time trying to prioritize and follow through with them. Melissa helped me create a realistic management plan to achieve both my long and short term business goals. She is there along the way to encourage and empower me even when we weren't on our weekly phone calls through social media, emails, text messages, and even mailed me a care package! I will continue to work with Melissa as my coach, would highly recommend her to others looking for a coach who actually cares about you and your business, and consider myself lucky to call Melissa a friend!"

Stephanie Hopkins Vaughn Events

"I felt so empowered and encouraged with Melissa as a sounding board for my ideas, struggles I've had with a new idea, brainstorming, and just the rambling I some days had as a small business owner! Melissa has a very straight forward way to her answers (which totally shows her leadership skills and corporate background!!) but also pulls in the encouraging aspect of coaching! I definitely feel like she has the perfect skill set and balance of the two, which is the most helpful part I think for a creative/small business owner like myself. I get so 'squirrel' like sometimes, so the accountability she offers is so valuable. I plan to use her in the future again, as I'm still working on some of the amazing homework, and areas of improvement she suggested for me! I will refer her out to anyone I know looking for that outside perspective that is unbiased (not friends or family!) and strong business accountability!"

Stephanie | Vaughn Events

Little Black Desk Society
2019-04-10T19:45:33-05:00

Stephanie | Vaughn Events

"I felt so empowered and encouraged with Melissa as a sounding board for my ideas, struggles I've had with a new idea, brainstorming, and just the rambling I some days had as a small business owner! Melissa has a very straight forward way to her answers (which totally shows her leadership skills and corporate background!!) but also pulls in the encouraging aspect of coaching! I definitely feel like she has the perfect skill set and balance of the two, which is the most helpful part I think for a creative/small business owner like myself. I get so 'squirrel' like sometimes, so the accountability she offers is so valuable. I plan to use her in the future again, as I'm still working on some of the amazing homework, and areas of improvement she suggested for me! I will refer her out to anyone I know looking for that outside perspective that is unbiased (not friends or family!) and strong business accountability!"

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Coaching

Strengthen your leadership with weekly 1:1 calls and action plans. Together we create the resources to support your team and community so you can confidently step away from your desk without being tied to your laptop or phone!

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Masterminds

Develop best practices within a small group of female business leaders through candid conversations. Accountability, encouragement, feedback, and support enable you to better lead your community, industry, and teams.

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Membership

Connect with women who desire to become better leaders and help others succeed. Little Black Desk Academy is for business leaders who enjoy participating in deeper discussions and appreciate meaningful connections.

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