Melissa Clark-Reynolds (ONZM) is widely recognised as an inspirational role model and serial entrepreneur - she has the ability to create, motivate and build an organisation from 'potential' to successful and Forbes Magazine have named her as one of 10 women entrepreneurs to watch!
Since selling her interest in Fusion, Melissa has invested in a range of businesses and specialises in tech company turnaround.
In 1980, Melissa was the youngest woman to attend University in New Zealand. In her early 20's, she went to the United States to attend Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she completed a combined Masters Degree in Health & Environmental Studies. She returned to New Zealand and became a sought after consultant in these fields.
Melissa established a health and safety and ACC consultancy which became New Zealand's largest private accident compensation insurer - Fusion. Melissa was the general Manager of Fusion and in 2001 sold her interest to Southern Cross Healthcare. She brings a combination of unique skills and experiences normally lacking in the technology industry
She was CEO of INTAZ, a health and safety company which was sold in 2006. Following this, Melissa became Managing Director and CEO of PayGlobal Ltd until early 2007.
Melissa believes we can create things that we can barely even imagine are possible, and her success in the accident insurance industry is an example of this. She has the ability to create, motivate and build an organisation from "potential" to successful.
Melissa is passionate about entrepreneurship and represented NZ at the APEC Forum on encouraging Women Entrepreneurs. As well as being a judge for EY Entrepreneur of the Year (2000 and 2004) she is also featured in Her Business magazine's Hall of Fame and was named as one of the 150 most powerful women in NZ Business (Unlimited Magazine 2002).
She has been featured in a number of books including Success in New Zealand Business V2 (1997), A New Generation of Business Leaders (2000), Living Life Out Loud (2001) and The Kiwi Effect (2004). She has been on the cover of both Her Business and Management Magazines.
Melissa was chosen as one of only two New Zealanders, to train with Al Gore to present his updated Climate Project slideshow (as seen in the film 'An Inconvenient Truth') and is helping to spread his global warming messages to the masses. More recently, she set up a Wellington-based kids' website - a virtual world for children based on values of sustainability, generosity and fun and members were largely from UK, NZ, Canada and the US.
In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours Melissa was appointed ONZM for her services to the technology industry - she's an advocate for women in business and a technology innovator and she thinks it's a good message to send out to women and their association with technology.
Melissa is a self-made highly successful entrepreneur and millionaire. Her story is extremely inspirational. Her business acumen, skills, knowledge and experience have made her a sought after speaker in both New Zealand and Australia on a range of business subjects, including entrepreneurship and innovation.
Melissa was inspirational and down to earth. She meet all our objectives and expectations for the day. ... keep reading ANZ Bank
What a way for our conference to open - we couldn’t have wished for better…. She was outstanding - we couldn’t have asked for more. What a wonderful woman! Gut wrenching emotion, laughter, tears, “sudden intakes of breath” - Melissa touched the audience in so many ways.