Melinda Briana EplerMelinda Briana Epler

Founder, CEO at Change Catalyst

Melinda Briana Epler has 25 years of experience elevating brands and developing business innovation strategies for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and global NGOs.

As CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda works with her clients and partners to solve diversity and inclusion together. Using her background in storytelling, behavior science and large-scale culture change, she is a strategic advisor for companies, innovation hubs and governments around the world. She also co-leads a series of global solutions-focused conferences called Tech Inclusion, where she has partnered with over 450 tech companies and community organizations and hosted over 50 solutions-focused diversity and inclusion events. Previously, Melinda was a Marketing and Culture Executive and award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Melinda is a TED speaker – she speaks, mentors and writes about diversity and inclusion, inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and investing. She is the host of the popular "Leading With Empathy & Allyship"podcast, and has spoken on hundreds of stages around the world, including SXSW, Grace Hopper, Wisdom 2.0, the World Bank, Obama White House, Clinton Foundation, Black Enterprise, Google, Indeed, Capital One and McKinsey.


Takes part in

May, 21 5:00 PM CEST
DEI Solution Stage
Startup Pitch Contest

Startup Pitch Competition. The Diversity & Equality Category

Meet the startup finalists in the Diversity & Equality Category of the GIOF 2021 Startup Pitch Competition.
Melinda Briana Epler Founder, CEO at Change Catalyst
Ayumi Moore Aoki Founder & CEO of Women in Tech and Social Brain, Senator at WBAF (World Business Angels Investment Forum)
Joe Thurman CEO & Head of Product at interviewIA
Raj Burman CEO at Techfugees
May, 21 7:00 PM CEST
DEI Solution Stage

Inclusive Business Awards Final

Join us to meet the finalists of the GIOF 2021 Inclusive Business Awards.
Melinda Briana Epler Founder, CEO at Change Catalyst
Joe Thurman CEO & Head of Product at interviewIA
Anna Krys Head of Diversity & Inclusion Practice at CFC Big Ideas
May, 21 8:00 PM CEST
Big Ideas Stage

How to Be an Ally

In this session you'll learn tangible actions you can take to create a stronger, happier workplace through allyship and advocacy.

- What is allyship?

- Why is allyship important for your company?

- What does allyship look like and feel like, what steps can you take to be a better ally?

- How can companies build allies across their workplace?

Melinda Briana Epler Founder, CEO at Change Catalyst
Kostiantyn Gridin Partner at CFC Big Ideas