Melanie is the founder and president of From Start-up to Success, a business focused on her passion to help women achieve their goals as business owners and accelerate their path to success.
Melanie also facilitates Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind, a supportive community of women entrepreneurs in four Pittsburgh area chapters who gather in person and online to learn how to grow their businesses and to help other women do the same.
In addition, she is the president of Bridger Financial Group, a highly successful financial planning firm in Pittsburgh. Melanie has won numerous national and local financial industry awards and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes’ Wealth Managers Black Book, and Pittsburgh Magazine.
Growing up in Bozeman, MT, Melanie was surrounded both personally and professionally by entrepreneurs. As a financial services professional, she earned the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation in 2003, and in 2008 moved to Pittsburgh and launched a financial planning business. She also earned the Accredited Estate PlannerTM designation in 2016.
In 2017, Melanie wrote the book, From Start-up to Success: Navigating the Journey to Becoming (and Staying) a Successful Entrepreneur, and subsequently launched her second business, From Start-Up to Success. The following year she was chosen as recipient of the first-place Business Category award at the 5th Annual Authors’ Zone Awards Ceremony, which recognizes independent authors. Melanie also is a contributor to Inspiring Lives Magazine, a publication for women who have a passion for business and a love for life.
While Melanie is passionate about her work with women entrepreneurs and as a financial services professional, she loves spending time with her husband and three boys. Melanie also adores her three cats, gardening, camping, swimming, and playing outdoors.
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