Vignetta Charles, Ph.D Chief Executive Officer ETR (Education, Training, and Research Associates)
Melissa Hewitt is what you hope that every consultant will be—she is professional, responsive, knowledgeable, and works with your staff and culture as if she was (and always had been) a part of your team. Melissa comes with a wonderful combination of passion and expertise. She is a joy to work with—and I look forward to finding more opportunities to work together.
Claire Blumenson, Esq. Executive Director School Justice Project
We partnered with Forward Movement Consulting because we wanted to develop our 2017-2020 strategic plan, but this partnership gave us so much more than just that deliverable we had envisioned. Expertly guiding us through this pivotal inflection point for our young organization, Melissa’s commitment to our individual and organizational growth was unwavering and inspiring. This encouraged a process built on trust, respect, and transparency—all of which were vital building blocks for the urgent, important work we have ahead. We are so grateful to Melissa for leading us through this meaningful process. Thanks to FMC, we are deeply unified around our shared vision, aligned on what we need to accomplish, and clear on how to get there.
Wesley Cascone Board Chair New Kensington Development Corporation
Melissa was the lead consultant in NKCDC’s executive search process as the organization was simultaneously transitioning from a longtime executive director and expanding its geographic service area. I could not imagine tackling our objectives without Melissa’s help. Melissa compassionately led a process that included an internal candidate and helped the board navigate how to create opportunities for meaningful staff involvement. This was not an easy task. She has a knack for identifying the actions needed to move forward. For us it was sometimes listening and letting us figure things out ourselves, and other times it was a gentle push. She has the perfect mix of soft skills, expertise, and a high level of professionalism. Not only did the board select the right executive director for NKCDC, our board became stronger and more unified on the path forward for the organization during the process.
Marcus Littles Senior Partner Frontline Solutions International, LLC
Our firm has partnered with Melissa and Forward Movement Consulting on a variety of projects for high-profile clients. From leading an executive search process to serving as key advisor on work with a national non-profit organization, in each instance Melissa provided the right combination of skill and expertise needed to complement our team. Collaboration between consulting firms working to achieve a client’s vision can be challenging; mixing different work styles and different instincts does not always work. But collaborating with Melissa has been a dream. Not only has she proven to be an incredibly hard worker, but she is also a thought leader who has earned the respect of both our firm and our clients. We look forward to working with Melissa again.
Monica Simpson Executive Director SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
Melissa is an incredible facilitator and strategist. She worked diligently to ensure that we met our desired goals and that we had a clear roadmap for how to move the work forward. Her gentle, yet direct, approach was a perfect match for our projects and we benefited greatly from her invaluable expertise built from her years of experience across sectors and movements. She is truly a gift, and I know that she is committed to the success of each individual or group she works with.