Melissa Cooper is a serial entrepreneur and real estate developer with a track record of founding and monetizing nine companies.
She initiated her career in the executive recruitment, pharmaceuticals and technology space, and became an angel investor and board member of one of the first online tutoring services in 2008. Melissa started and grew a business at the intersection of career services and technology, growing to 500 employees and servicing over 600,000 B2C customers.
After completing a successful exit and documenting her experience in the how-to style book Freelance Nation, Cooper became active in real estate development and investing after her acquisition. She is also currently active in small business advisory services including virtual workforce planning, sales lead consulting, tax preparation and advising, inbound marketing and organizational management.
In 2014 she was awarded two Bronze Stevie awards for Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Female Executive of the Year, a Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year for her work in executive search and career services, and in 2020 she topped the annual 50 Fastest Women Led-Owned Companies rankings by American Express and the Women President's Organization at #13 in her real estate development group.
Cooper is a graduate of Brandeis University with highest honors and NYU school of business with a concentration in Human Resources Management. She holds both HR designations from the society of Human Resources, the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
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