Melissa Cochran

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Servant leader Melissa Cochran, in brief.

Melissa Cochran

Home: Southern California.  Age: 43.  Birthplace: Oregon, USA.  Profession: Finance. Organization: Niagara Bottling.  Title: Vice President - Finance.  Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: Jason (husband).  Alma mater: Pepperdine University (MBA); University of Southern California (EdD candidate, 2023).  Languages spoken: English.

Current project: Doctoral student at USC, focused on DEI; Chief Member.  Recent recognition: Most influential leader.  Recent professional development: Completed DEI certificate programs at USF and Cornell; doctoral studies on  organizational change and leadership.  Latest contribution to others: Supporting Jackets from Julia.  What’s been your big (or biggest) leap? Running a mile in under eight minutes.  Hobbies: Running, reading, family time.  Last book read: Embrace Your Power, by Marsha Clark.

Personality profile: Passionate, reserved, selfless.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: The Golden Rule.  What is your greatest joy? Family. What is your greatest fear? Spiders.  How do you relieve stress? Exercise.

What movie have you repeatedly watched? Legally Blonde.  What’s featured prominently on your home or office  wall?Artwork by my kids.  Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My mom.  What is the best advice you received in your career? You should be scared. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Portable streaming music. What is your favorite app? Audible.

What change would you like to see in the world?

Give people grace and assume they have good intentions.  

What change are you working on to effect in  your profession or field? Improving diversity. What message do you want to send out into the world? Leave the world better than you found it.  What mega-trend most excites you? Acknowledging mental health as a priority.

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A doctor.  What object would you first save from your burning home? My computer.  It has all my pictures on it.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family, on the lake playing games.  What advice would you give your younger self? Believe in yourself and do whatever excites you.

Personal mission: Helping improve the lives of anyone I come in contact with.  Personal motto: The Golden Rule.  Favorite quote: "You can do what I cannot do.  I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things" (Mother Teresa).

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