Thriven Partners

cultivating breakthrough thinking and action


Melissa Álvarez Mangual, Ed.D.

Founder & Managing Principal

Experienced in reviving failing programs, Melissa uses her skill and precision to employ an interdisciplinary approach that embodies the values of inclusivity and equity. When working side-by-side with Melissa, you can be sure that her time-tested strategies, processes, and approaches will cultivate a breakthrough in thinking and action, advancing and expanding skill sets that will lead to the achievement of each client’s unique values and goals.

Active service and involvement in professional organizations is a priority for Melissa, and something she is incredibly proud of. Serving on the board of directors for the Executive Service Corps, she takes it a step further by also serving as a member of the following professional associations:

  • International Coaching Federation
  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • Ellevate Network
  • Network of Executive Women

Melissa’s varied and diverse experience makes her the perfect coach, leader, and consultant to help you cultivate change, shift mindsets, and inspire high-impact improvement within your workplace. Melissa’s knowledge and skill is derived from her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University, Chicago; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. She is also a part of the first global cohort of The PowerMBA, committed to staying up-to-date on the best disruptive innovation practices in business.

Melissa has served as a Fellow for the Intercultural Communication Institute and earned the Intercultural Foundations Certificate. She has earned certificates in Executive and Change Leadership through Cornell University. Melissa also holds various certifications, including:

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)
  • Executive Certified Diversity Coach and designation as an Associate Diversity Coach (ADC) with Coach Diversity Institute
  • Certified Business Coach through the Flow Coaching Institute
  • Certified EQi 2.0 and EQ360 administrator

In her 20+ year career, Melissa has worked in organizations like The Posse Foundation, Inc., The Pennsylvania State University, Habitat for Humanity International, and The Nature Conservancy, adding to her multifarious experience.

Presentations, Panels, and Webinars

WEBINAR Career Design

Women of Color Advancing to the Nonprofit C-Suite

for the female quotient (FQ):

What Pandemic Parenting Has Taught Us About the Workplace

2020 Culturally Competent Conversations for Equity and Belongingness Summit

Culturally Competent Employee Wellness, Engagement, and Development Programs

2020 Culturally Competent Conversations for Equity and Belongingness Summit

Strategies for Integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging into Business Operations & Talent Development



Nonprofit Executive Women of Color: Identity, Organizational Stakeholders, and Decision-Making

Chief Learning Officer Magazine

8 steps white leaders can take to affect change post-diversity training

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