In this episode, we pass the mic to Melanie Firffi, Esq. (JD MBA) with Guest Host and Board Member Jamila S. Little, Esq.
Melanie is a triple-graduate of The Florida State University (Business Finance, 2003; MBA, 2006; JD, 2006). Her entrepreneurial skills were honed for thirteen years at a prominent Florida corporate law firm where she served as a law clerk and then attorney from 2006-19, the last five years of which she was an Equity Shareholder and the Tampa Office Managing Partner. In 2019, Melanie joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, an Am Law 200 firm that is the largest law firm in Tampa Bay, Of Counsel, and Shumaker Advisors Florida as Senior Advisor, Business-to-Business Relationships.
During her legal career, Melanie has served as the President of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, then the largest women lawyers organization in Florida that won the Chapter of the Year Award. In 2013-14, she served as President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, one of the largest young lawyers divisions in the country with approximately 26,000 members. In 2021-22, she will serve as President of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. Melanie has been recognized as Florida’s Most Productive Young Lawyer, Super Lawyers Rising Star, Florida Trend Legal Elite, TBBJ BusinessWoman of the Year Legal Services Finalist, FSU Notable Nole, Tampa Bay Metro Inspiring Woman in Business, FSU College of Business Recent Alumni Achievement Award, and Best Lawyers in America. In 2019, she assisted with the launch of Nora Riva Bergman's book 50 Lessons for Women Lawyers from Women Lawyers at the New York City Bar Association. Her Lesson, Dream Beyond Perfection!, is published as Lesson #20.
In 2017, Melanie founded Spread Your Sunshine to effect positive change through mentorship and building confidence in others. An inspirational speaker in high demand, Melanie has appeared on national and international stages, including for Fortune 500 companies, one of The Big Four, the ALFA International Client Seminar, the US/Canada KNOW Women Summit, Women Empower X Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Melanie’s success helping others has been celebrated through her receipt of the TBBJ BusinessWoman of the Year Angie Joseph Excellence in Mentorship Award, GSWCF Woman of Promise Award, FSU Inspire Award, Florida Bar YLD Outstanding Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award, KNOW Tampa Feature, The Best of KNOW Feature, Florida Bar SSFS Mentor of the Year Award, FSU College of Law Alumni Association Service Award, and KNOW Tampa Contributor Feature.
Contact Info: Melanie@SpreadYourSunshine.com www.SpreadYourSunshine.com FB/IG/LI/YT: @SpreadYourSunshine Twitter: @Sunshine_Women Visit www.journeytoesquire.com for more!
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