Melissa Ness
COO, Aureon HR

If you opened your own business, what would it be? I don’t have a particular business in mind.  What I have come to realize is that I am the most energized by helping and watching others grow to new heights as well as bringing people together. The way I most fill that purpose now is by working to lift up and connect others around me both from a leadership capacity and from the clients that we serve.

What advice would you give your younger self?  Stop fussing over things that don’t matter – your weight, your looks, your house, your everything.  You are good enough – you are enough.  Find what fills you with joy and pursue it – stop being overly responsible and dial it back to allow joy to fill your heart more frequently.  Stop worrying; you have nothing under control.  Don’t waste your time with convenience friends or trying to fix people.  Learn about self-care and embrace it – it will allow you to be happy and be at your best.  Stop molding to who you think the outside world wants you to be – be who you want to be.  Be present with those around you – you never know when it will be the last time.   I could go on and on here!

Exceptional Skills- I am good at listening, empathizing and have a caring heart for others.  I also really enjoy a good spreadsheet of numbers and understanding the big picture of both people and numbers.

What makes you feel fulfilled? My best day is when I see someone around me feel successful.  Not because things were easy but because they faced something that was hard, worked through it and grew as a person because of that hard work they put in.  When I get to be a part of that in any way even if just observing, it is a great day because one person growing helps make their life, their family and the world a better place.

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? Caring – I am dubbed the “feeler” with workmates.  I am always open to give a listening ear, a hug or a gentle reminder to others that they are enough, too.

Favorite Book- I have many books stacked around my room. I don’t know how my husband puts up with it!  The first one that came to my mind is The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

What makes your heart race? A good drama, jumping into a large body of water, driving over a really long bridge, seeing my kids full of joy.

Organization or cause near to your heart- There are so many great organizations.  A few that come to my mind are YSS, YESS, Waypoint Services for Women.  The cause nearest to my heart is to help those that are having a hard time helping themselves.  To help them learn to stand on their own feet and become successful for themselves.

What keeps you up at night?  Not much – I can sleep well with the best of them.  That is a gift!  If I am up in the night, I am worried about usually a loved one. 

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? That I need to strive to be something “perfect” that the outside world has defined.  None of that is real, thank goodness!

What are you interested in connecting with other women about? Everything!  I think that there is so much love and joy to be found in connecting with others.  I like to hear how they parent, how they spend their days, their work, their passions, their fears..you name it.

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