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Melissa Lewis

Travels from: Victoria

Australia's leading expert on 'the power of Womens’ Executive Presence'

Categories: Business Coaching, Business Speakers, Communication, Leadership, Women in Business

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Melissa Lewis is a professional panellist, executive coach and Australia's leading expert on 'the power of Womens’ Executive Presence'. Melissa collaborates with and mentors career-driven corporate and entrepreneurial women. She negotiates male dominated environments by elevating Personal Branding and Executive Presence and by unveiling blind spots, she helps to free many credible women to achieve their deserved success.

Melissa has worked alongside leaders from such organisations as KPMG, EY, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBUS Superannuation, Hall & Wilcox, ShineWing Australia… to name a few.

Her business, The Ascension Group, provides the commercial and practical tools, techniques and support to create real change. Since 2017, Melissa , the first Australian accredited expert of the Bates Communications ExPI™ Assessment Tool, has revamped her service platform. It's the first and only science-based tool to specifically measure Executive Presence, provide 360 degrees of feedback.

Melissa has also designed her own proprietary PQ® diagnostic tool and Principles of Presence® framework, to assist women with their commercial demeanour, professional brand and executive style.

As a speaker, Melissa is a distinctive voice in the business performance space. A kaleidoscope of entertainment, science-based data and real-world experiences, her presentations spotlight the dimensions of Executive Presence – the mysterious X factor of leadership. With her trademark charisma, sophistication and razor-sharp focus, Melissa is the embodiment of Executive Presence. Her passion and authenticity radiate throughout her presentations – the public eye is her happy place.

Melissa's fascination with the power of a woman's Presence began as child, when she spent hours at her grandfather's couture boutique, sitting and absorbing the basics of creative style and successful business. Melissa grew up to traverse the male-dominated executive worlds of commercial property and shopping centre management, her instincts for style and poise buoying through every trial and success.

Speaker Topics

Brand YOU: How to Build a Professional Brand that Elevates Your Presence
Staying on top of your career is tough, no doubt about it. To complicate matters, building a professional brand has become essential to modern day success. But what exactly is a professional brand, and how can you use it to leverage your presence?
How to Act, Feel & Look Like a Woman who means Business
Discover why your Image is one of the first things people will associate and remember about your presence. Gain clarity and control over it by managing the external messages that you communicate about yourself (either intentionally or not) through your appearance, actions, speech and lifestyle.
How to Elevate YOUR Executive Presence for Greater Reward & Recognition
Women in leadership today already face a mountain of challenges. As they become more time poor and competition rises, they are finding that their technical knowledge, hard work and drive that got them to where they are today is no longer enough to get them to where they want to go tomorrow.
The Power of a Woman’s Presence
Whether you’re a professional woman seeking a next-level promotion, greater financial rewards, or the visibility and influence you deserve, Melissa will strip back the layers on executive presence, the mysterious ‘X-factor’ of leadership and provide useful tools and insights on how to further elevate your power and your presence.


Melissa was fantastic! The way she incorporates and embodies everything she knows to how she presents allows us to understand not only WHY executive presence is so important in our careers but also how to move forward and have more presence.


Melissa was engaging, refreshing and inspiring. I totally become aware of the importance my presence, brand and communications skills have on others and how to better use them for influence.

CBUS Superannuation

Melissa was a breath of fresh air who engaged all in the room. Her advice was practical, knowledgeable and extremely useful. It was great to see how the team have embraced her advice to have better presence and be brand advocates for themselves and the business.

Bendigo Bank

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