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Melissa Jenner

Melissa Jenner is Founder of START Now, and has over 25 years’ business experience in General Management, Strategy, and Design & Marketing gained from working in some of the world’s largest corporations.

Her career spans the following achievements:

  • Account Director, Saatchi & Saatchi, Wellington

  • Vice-President Marketing, Microsoft EMEA, London

  • Global Vice-President Marketing & Communications, New York

  • Marketing Director, NZX, Wellington

  • COO Trading, Barclays Wealth, London

  • Director, Better by Design NZTE, Auckland

  • Founder, START Now & Career to Love, Queenstown

START Now specialises in using innovation methodologies and design thinking to help businesses with strategy, service and experience design. She also established the first design-led careers advisory service, and has helped 1000’s of NZ’ers to pivot and change careers.

Melissa is a Leadership Coach on AUT’s Brightside programme, a Careers Guide across the academyEX programmes, and a Consultant with Leadership Lab. She is also a qualified Lifeline Counsellor. She is certified in Design Thinking from Stanford University in California and Leadership from Columbia in
New York.

Melissa relocated to Queenstown in 2020, and now lives in Arthurs Point.