TalkSession; Women in Healthcare and Life Sciences
Melissa Thompson is the founder and CEO of TalkSession: a healthcare technology company aimed to increase access to mental healthcare through telemedicine. She is an also an active commentator, blogger and participant in the Quantified Self movement, sharing her perspectives on her blog, Quantified30.
In the last year alone, Melissa and her company were honored with several major global awards for innovation, leadership, and healthcare initiatives. Melissa was selected as a “Healthcare Transformer” for the GE Healthymagination & StartUp Health. Melissa is Springboard Life Science alumna and was also awarded Entrepreneur of the Year and Innovator of the Year, by the International Women in Business Awards in 2013.
Previously, Melissa was an analyst at Goldman Sachs and subsequently she worked in technology strategy for clients that include the United Nations, G2 Investments, Forbes, The Weinstein Company, and Publicis. Melissa is a regular contributor on technology, healthcare and the quantified self, to Forbes and The Huffington Post. Melissa and TalkSession were profiled for healthcare innovation in publications that include The Financial Times, CBS SmartPlanet, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Mashable, Business Week, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired, among over one hundred publications in 2013.
Melissa is the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Center for Health Innovation, Women in Healthcare & Life Sciences, a global initiative to promote STEM education and programming, as a member of 37Angels, Board Advisor to the Flawless Foundation; and Technology Advisor to Newport Academy.
Melissa holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, with a focus on social entrepreneurship, a BA in Economics from Barnard College, and studied international business and Chinese at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.