Melissa Browne is a serial entrepreneur, business strategist, author and money expert. She is the founder and CEO of the award-winning accounting and advisory firm A&TA (Accounting & Taxation Advantage, CEO of the financial planning firm The Money Barre & co-founder and Director of Business at the innovative, long-day early learning school for 3-5 year olds, Thinkers.inq.)
Mel knows that accountants are not viewed as innovative change-agents and is challenging that notion by proving that understanding the numbers balanced with the ability to think creatively and critically can be the key to success in business. She is adept at making the complex simple and using innovative techniques and approaches so that her audience and clients don’t just kind of understand but actually get it.
Melissa’s first book was the illustrated business book, More Money for Shoes, which compares building a business to building a wardrobe and shows you how to build a profitable, successful business. Her second book, Fabulous but Broke, is another illustrated business book and uses financial fairytales to challenge money messages that readers may have and question the notion that you need a fairy godmother or knight in shining armour to financially save you.
Melissa is regularly asked to speak and comment on money, business and occasionally shoes. She writes a fortnightly column for the Money Section in the Sydney Morning Herald (The Age and affiliates), is a monthly contributor to Gloss Magazine and has made regular TV appearances including the Today Show, Weekend Today and The Daily Edition. She has also been featured in or written for Latte Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Renegade Collective, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Cleo, Cosmopolitan and in 2013 was featured as one of Australia’s 100 most inspiring women in Madison magazine.