As an MBA graduate and former corporate finance and strategy professional turned stay-at-home mom and celebrity chef, Melissa d'Arabian shares insights on the event that shaped her life more than any other: the suicide of her mom when Melissa was twenty. Over the decades, Melissa has been able to glean gifts from the loss, and incorporate them into her work ethic. In this session, she shares the surprising but insightful gifts we can all take into our careers and lives.
Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, and mom of four Melissa d’Arabian is a go-to expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. With an MBA from Georgetown University, Melissa enjoyed a successful career in corporate finance and strategy before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Passionate about sharing her tried-and-true recipes and money-saving tactics, Melissa then competed on and won season five of “Food Network Star.” She soon became well known for “Ten Dollar Dinners” – her popular Food Network show and New York Times bestselling cookbook. Available now, Melissa’s second cookbook, "Supermarket Healthy," proves healthy eating can be easy, affordable, and achievable with ingredients from the neighborhood grocery store. Today Melissa can also be found serving as a regular judge on the hit Food Network primetime series “Guy's Grocery Games;” writing the nationally syndicated weekly “Healthy Plate” column for The Associated Press; and hosting multiple FoodNetwork.com series, including “The Picky Eaters Project” and “Smart Carts.” She also lends her time and voice to causes close to her heart, including ongoing support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. A sought-after expert regularly featured in national media, Melissa shares her diverse life experiences, including her faith journey. Melissa’s life mission is to connect with women along their paths to success, and that mission helps drive her decisions both personally and professionally. Melissa recently earned a Certificate in Theology and Ministry through the Princeton Theological Seminary.