My 5th Grade 50 State Report Keynote [Video]

My 5th Grade 50 State Report Keynote [Video]

As I mentioned in an earlier post on giving speeches at matter, I was given the opportunity to provide my very first keynote address at this year’s Crayons to Computers fundraising event.  The event came my way due to a relationship I have forged with the nonprofit’s CEO Susan Frankel after my op-ed on education and poverty was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Let me just take a moment to say that if you had told me 5 years ago that I would ever have the opportunity to type the previous sentence in my lifetime, then I would have laughed.  Like a lot.

I also promised in that post that once the video was made available to me that I would publish it here.  I’m herein officially a keeper of promises!  I will actually be giving my second keynote address on the 25th of this month at the Kids in Need Summit in Atlanta, GA.  I’m also in talks for a third in Minneapolis in September.  Who knows.  I might just make this speech giving thing a habit.

For more information about Crayons to Computer and the great work that they do in the Cincinnati community, please visit their website.

Melody grew up in poverty, and she was homeless throughout most of her childhood. Even after the hard work of getting out of poverty was accomplished, she still lived in fear of the next bad thing that could happen. She knew that, without the security of a safety net, one misstep would mean certain disaster. It was not until this safety net was established that she truly felt liberated and free from the anxiety of living in poverty once again. She is now motivated to share this sense of freedom with all women.


  1. Suzanne Lorch 3 years ago

    Wow. What an amazing speech – everyone should listen to this! Thank you for sharing your story.

  2. Roy Arellano 3 years ago

    Melody, very proud of you. I’m always encouraged by stories like yours, but yours is more special since I have the distinct pleasure of having gone to school with you and being able to call you one of my friends. Keep up the good work.

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