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Media and Speaking Engagements

Melissa speaks professionally on topics including refugee rights, youth social entrepreneurship, creative problem solving and the intersections of disability and conflict. She has been featured in front of audiences of 10-10,000 and has spoken at venues on five different continents at government and privately-sponsored events.

You can learn more about Melissa’s work through the links below and can contact her to inquire about rates and book a speaking engagement at

Video Features

Speech at United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, 2017

A Global Voice for Autism in the Minneapolis Somali Community, 2016

Speech at United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, 2014 (Speech at 1hr51min)

Clinton Global Initiative University Feature, March 21, 2014

A Global Voice for Autism Reflections from Jenin, March 2014

News Coverage

International Policy Digest, April 2018

Resolution Project Feature, April 2018

Young Revolutionary Minds, April 2018

SDSN Youth Solutions Network, April 2017

Psychology Today, April 2016

Parents Magazine, December 2015

Wayzata Rotary Club, October 10, 2015

I Am Your Protector, October 3, 2015

Slovenian Daily News, June 2, 2015  

STA Velenje, May 26, 2015

The Traveler’s Mindset¬†February 6, 2015

The International Diplomat December 1, 2014

The Collegian November 10, 2014

Autism Learning Felt November 5, 2014

United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day Invitation, April 2, 2014

Plymouth Magazine, July 2014

The Sun Sailor, January 29, 2014

Sharei Chesed Congregation, September 14, 2013

The Star Tribune, July 1, 2013

Patch, May 7, 2013


LinkedIn Profile

Resolution Fellow Profile

Watson University Profile