SOE Award Recipient
2013 • Media/Communications
"If someone is truly starting a business because it is something that drives him or her to wake up every day with a smile, want to work on wholeheartedly and be proud of to share with everyone who crosses his/her path, then it is truly meant to be."
After graduating from Harvard University, Melissa pursued a career as a professional fund-raiser for more than 15 years. With a passion for books and writing, Melissa began collecting and writing children’s books for her two boys. In the 2008 Tea Fire, she lost her home and her books. In 2009, she self-published her first children’s book “Pablito & the Speckled Bear.” The experience gave her the idea to launch Lucky Penny Press as a children’s eBook publishing company, which she did in 2011. Lucky Penny Press now has dozens of eBooks advocating lessons and themes that focus on nurturing the creative spirit, introducing new cultures and empowering children to believe in their dreams.