2021-2022 Firm Leader DEI Cohorts: Driving Innovation through DEI Strategies
February 2021 - March 2022
My professional purpose is to create environments where people feel truly seen and are inspired to be their best and most authentic selves. First in higher education and now at Galileo, I bring this to life as a strategic and intuitive people operations professional with over 12 years of experience in purpose-driven branding, training & development, career-focused marketing, diversified applicant sourcing, and high-impact inclusion & diversity work.
Over the last several years at Galileo, I've developed the employer brand that has drawn an annual average of over 7,000 applicants, co-led the multi-faceted inclusion strategy, managed multiple thought leadership initiatives, and worked to ensure Galileo's consistent recognition—including being named one of The SF Business Times' Best Places to Work in the Bay Area (with over ten consecutive years on the list), a Real Leader Magazine Top 100 Impact Company, and one of Forbes' 25 Best Small Companies in America.
Along the way, I work with select clients to share my insight and experiences to deepen their inclusion work. I'm also an active speaker & advocate, and currently sit on the Sacramento County Mental Board. My personal passions include social justice, contemporary art, and all things design and music.
Link to Viva's Website: www.vivaasmelash.com/