Melanie Klinghoffer, JD, LLM, has been developing and empowering leaders for over 20 years. She has been recognized as the “personification of authenticity” which she believes is the foundation to empowered leadership. She is the founder of Powerful Transformations, a Human Potential Training Company.

Melanie is a high-energy, high-impact speaker, trainer and mentor. She delivers profoundly remarkable presentations that energetically engage the audience propelling them to action! She also leads value-packed breakout sessions, seminars, workshops and other live group events. In addition, she offers 1-on-1 mentoring to further support her clients training and development needs.

Melanie previously served as a senior manager and executive leader -to small private family-owned businesses and large public companies- in the staffing and recruiting industry including The Allegis Group, Inc. the largest staffing company in the United States and its affiliate Major, Lindsey & Africa® the world’s leading legal search firm.

Melanie taught Organizational Development at the university level for 7 years and is also a certified advanced facilitator, a court trained mediator and a formally educated lawyer. She has written articles published internationally in the Toastmaster Magazine and nationally in the Legal Times (an ALM publication) and The Legal Intelligencer.

Melanie is an active member and leader with District 5 Toastmasters International. Currently she serves as the district’s Leadership Development Chair through which she provides tools and strategies to help 3,000+ members in the San Diego area become better leaders.

Melanie has led through turbulent economic times as well as rapid growth and expansion, all experiences that gives her an invaluable perspective on the challenges leaders and teams are facing today. She has mentored and coached leaders from Fortune 25 companies to solo entrepreneurs. A partial list of companies she has helped include Kaiser Permanente, California Highway Patrol, Toastmasters International, University of Phoenix and more. 

Melanie lives an authentically powerful life infused with passion, positive energy, peak performance and play! Her own story of resilience, perseverance and transformation taught her the importance of taking the lead in her own life, work and business. Overcoming many areas of personal and professional adversity while in top leadership roles, Melanie is dedicated to empowering leaders at all levels helping them confidently breakthrough internal and external barriers to achieve desired success.

Melanie lives in La Jolla, the jewel of Southern California, within 5 minutes walking distance to the ocean! She loves performing Improv, writing, traveling, dark chocolate and spiritual exploration.

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