“It's not about what's on your table, it's about who's sitting at it.”

Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and mom of four, Melissa d’Arabian is a go-to expert on easy-to-pull-off, healthy family home cooking. But her real mission? Helping women find theirs.

Melissa has parlayed her corporate experience — as a finance executive with an MBA from Georgetown — into her love for cooking, to use what she learned in business school to win season five of Food Network Star, and create the show “Ten Dollar Dinners,” which she turned into a New York Times bestselling cookbook.

Melissa thinks like a business strategist about all the areas of life she most values: motherhood, advocacy (she’s a champion of suicide prevention, having lost her mom at a young age), cooking, winning, learning, and teaching. In addressing groups, she’s authentic, approachable and charming in breaking down how to play to win AND why it’s important to lose sometimes, too. Basically, she’s an expert on keeping your head on straight while you design a life in pursuit of your highest goals!!