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Ranked as one of the UK's Top 20 Most Influential Female Founders, Stephanie is an acclaimed public speaker for international tech conferences, business podcasts, marketing webinars, and in-person events - ranging from 1:1 in-depth interviews, to hosting global audiences of 1,000s of entrepreneurs. Areas of expertise cover tech & entrepreneurship, branding & marketing, and gender equality.

Stephanie has spoken at Web Summit 2023, WeTransfer, LinkedIn, Starling Bank, Harvey Nash Group, ComputerWeekly.com, General Assembly, Small Business Britain and Enterprise Nation. As an energetic, passionate, knowledgeable, and insightful speaker, she is regularly consulted for her thought leadership on emerging technologies and digital marketing for startups. As ex-CEO of the award-winning marketing consultancy, Bloom, Stephanie now hosts the Strategy & Tragedy podcast, advises MBA students in Entrepreneurship with Oneday, builds brands with BOMBA, and continues to serve as VC scout for early-stage venture capital firm, Ada Ventures. She has a combined social media following of 15,000.

Testimonial: "Steph was an excellent speaker, sharing her expertise and passion with our audience in a highly actionable way." - Carolyn Dailey, ex-CNN, ex-Time Warner, Sky News, Creative Entrepreneurs

Stephanie takes pride in driving high levels of engagement at her events, as demonstrated by WeTransfer's 0% drop-off rate during a groundbreaking "audience with" session, while also providing practical takeaways that leave audiences feeling clear, confident, and energised.

Testimonial: "The drop-off rate during the webinar was almost non-existent, testament to the fact that everyone found it really engaging, informative, and insightful." - Rupert Englander, Sr Product Marketing Director, WeTransfer

Testimonial: "Steph was a fantastic MC at Web Summit Lisbon. She brought such great energy to the stage and really connected with the audience!" - Todd Hansen, Executive Producer, Web Summit

Stephanie Melodia

Entrepreneur
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English
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London, United Kingdom
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Can also give an online talk/webinar
Paid only. Contact speaker for pricing!

MY TALKS

How to build an entrepreneur: Lessons from 500 founders

Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Inspirational, Content, Professional Development, Soft Skills, Business Development, Marketing

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Think you've got what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Stephanie Melodia has amassed deep and vast experience in the startup world*, and - in this inspirational talk - shares the necessary ingredients to become a successful founder.

*Stephanie Melodia has worked directly with 100+ founders through own award-winning marketing agency, Bloom; she also scouts for VC investment opportunities on behalf of early-stage venture capital firm, Ada Ventures, and now additionally advises budding entrepreneurs on the Oneday MBA programme plus hosts founder interviews on the Strategy & Tragedy podcast.

​Who is this talk for?
​- ​Budding entrepreneurs / business students
- Early-stage founders
- Serial business owners searching for success
- Incubators, accelerators or similar
- Corporates looking to inject some intrepreneurialism into their orgs

​​Key takeaways:
- Clear understanding of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
- How to set yourself up for succcess

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From lean to keen: The new rules of startup success

Business Development, Community / Networking, Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Tech, General, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

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We have entered a new era of startup business. The landscape has shifted dramatically over the past few years. Tech darlings have fallen from grace and revered unicorns have lost their magic horns. What are the new rules for today's entrepreneur?

Stephanie has observed the startup world over the past decade, amassing experience and concluding the key ingredients for success after working directly with 100+ founders through her own award-winning marketing agency, Bloom; through interviewing business leaders on the Strategy & Tragedy podcast, as well as her exposure through early-stage venture capital firm, Ada Ventures, and now advising budding entrepreneurs on the Oneday MBA programme.

Who is this talk for?
- ​Budding entrepreneurs / business students
- Early-stage founders
- Serial business owners searching for success
- Incubators, accelerators

​Key takeaways:
- Clear understanding of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
- How to set yourself up for success

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How do you sleep at night? Putting to bed the myth of the sleepless founder

Soft Skills, Professional Development, Business Development, Leadership, Entrepreneurship

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For an innovative ecosystem that encourages productivity at every turn, why is the most fundamental necessity - and biggest opportunity in team productivity - so overlooked?

Sleep is a fundamental human necessity, and yet we treat it with dismissal at best, and outright abuse at worst. Sleep too much? You're labelled depressed or lazy. Don't get enough? It's a badge of honour.

The truth is poor quality or lack of sleep is just as detrimental to our wellbeing and output as being inebriated. (Imagine going to work drunk!)

Who is this talk for?
​- ​Startup founders / co-founders
- Productivity and wellness enthusiasts
- Accelerators
- Investors

​Key takeaways:
​- Clear understanding of the benefits to a good night's sleep
...and the detriments to not!)
- Shifting past the how to: shaping perceptions

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Branding Yourself Online: This Time It’s PROFERSONAL

Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Community / Networking, Business Development, Professional Development

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You've heard of a personal brand, but what about your "profersonal" brand?

This session deep dives into the power of building a strong online personal brand - and how to blend it with the professional brand - to convert clients.​

('Personal' + 'professional' = 'profersonal'!)


​Who is this talk for?
- ​Business owners and self-employed
- Ambitious professionals looking to advance their career and embrace the power of a strong personal brand
- High-growth teams looking to divide & conquer their efforts online

​Key takeaways:
​- Definition of "profersonal" and the benefits of establishing a strong personal brand
- Practical, actionable tips to start implementing immediately
- Inspiration to accelerate your career

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Get in the Top 1% (of LinkedIn)

Professional Development, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Community / Networking, Business Development, Marketing, Content

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Impactful training for sales teams on how to leverage the world's number 1 social media site for business, LinkedIn.

Through Stephanie Melodia's own tried-and-tested practices, plus the latest research from other industry leaders and top tips from LinkedIn HQ themselves, this 90-minute session is a hands-on learning experience for those looking to build their online "profersonal" brand.

Who is this talk for?
- Sales professionals (SDRs / BDEs)
- Business owners and self-employed
- Ambitious professionals looking to advance their career and embrace the power of LinkedIn

​Key takeaways:
​​- LinkedIn profile optimisation
- Understanding the algorithm to leverage for content
- Practical content planning tips
- Best practises and top hacks

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Guts & Glory: Why we need to bring back gut instinct in marketing

Marketing

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Since the introduction of digital marketing, we've developed an overreliance on metrics and spreadsheets - and forgotten about the humans we're dealing with on the other side of the screen.

We've also overlooked the power of gut instinct in teams, leading savvy professionals to mistrust and demote their own intuition in favour of numbers on a screen. (Because they never lie, do they... ?)

As digital marketers struggle to deliver the same ad results as they once enjoyed, a renaissance of the human touch matters more today than ever before.

Who is this talk for?
- Marketing professionals at all levels
- SMB founders and self-employed

​Key takeaways:
- Attendees will learn about the key points of brand performance;
- How to navigate internal buy-in;
- Feel motivated and inspired by this blended marketing concept.

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10X your marketing performance with BRAND

Marketing

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We used to divide brand-led activities from performance marketing. Logos and colours over here, social ads & PPC over there. The truth is, the old ways are tired and no longer achieving the same results as before.

Why? Because we've been too systematic, divisive, and formulaic in our approach. Treating people as users instead of the humans they are.

Enter, performance branding. The merging of the deep and emotional power of the brand, with the tangible results from performance. One that blends the intuition and gut feel with the analytical mind to turbocharge your marketing efforts.

​Who is this talk for?
- Marketing professionals at all levels
- SMB founders and self-employed

​Key takeaways:
- The financial benefits of building a strong brand;
- How a strong brand boosts marketing performance;
- Real-world examples.

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Feminism 5.0: Male allyship for gender equality

Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Tech, Inspirational

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In our post-#MeToo era, 60% of male managers claim they no longer feel comfortable mentoring young women. And it's not just senior men in the workplace. In another study of younger males, Gen-Zs felt that feminism has "gone too far."

Stephanie Melodia presents an inspirational and motivational speech on Feminism 5.0, spotlighting the men, as a fresh solution to achieving global gender parity - a global topic of social inequality that affects everyone.

Who is this talk for?
- Business leaders
- DEI professionals

​Key takeaways:
- Latest insights on the current gender landscape, and how the inequality is negatively impacting everyone
- Understand the gender inequality is not women's problem, but a social issue that affects us all
- Reassurance and confidence for men to play their part in being male allies.

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From art school student to agency CEO

Inspirational, Professional Development, Entrepreneurship

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Creatives have been wrongly mislabelled as unfit for entrepreneurship, or for business in general. This could not be further from the truth.

Public speaker, Stephanie Melodia, uses her story to showcase the various ways to achieve commercial success from a design background. ​

This presentation includes real-life examples and practical tips for design professional success.

Who is this talk for?
- Students and graduates
- Young creative professionals

​Key takeaways:
- Entrepreneurs come in all forms
- There are various routes into business - lean into your design education!
- Inspirational real-life stories

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