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Melissa Bernstein

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Melissa & Doug Toys and LifeLines

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Melissa & Doug Toys and LifeLines

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Westport, CT, USA
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Melissa Bernstein Biography

Melissa Bernstein is an entrepreneur, creative, and working mother of six. In 1988, Bernstein and her husband co-founded Melissa & Doug out of their parents’ garage, and in the years that followed, they built Melissa & Doug into a wildly successful company. Bernstein has spent the last 30 years helping children discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose through open-ended play. She estimates that she has built more than 6,000 toys in the last three decades!

In 2020, after her own personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance, Bernstein co-founded Lifelines. Through Lifelines, she is using her unparalleled creativity to create a new category of well-being products that help adults rediscover wonder and relieve stress through their senses.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 12/19/2023.

Melissa Bernstein Speaking Topics

  • Unleash the Power of Your Senses

    Meet the tools designed to switch on your body’s most effective stress relievers: your senses. Seeing, smelling, and touching delightful things signals your brain to release dopamine, your body’s feel-good hormone, and brings you back to the here and now. In this conversation, Melissa explores how our senses allow us live with less stress and more joy. She guides participants in harnessing the power of their senses to unleash creativity and purpose.

  • The Balance of Work and Life for Supporting Female Leaders

    In her decades-long career as a female leader and mother of six, Melissa has encountered countless challenges all too familiar to working women, including the myth of work-life balance, the curse of perfectionism, and a drive to focus on others at the expense of her own well-being. In this open and honest conversation, Melissa empowers working women to foster self-care, self-compassion, and joy as a conduit to well-being and success.

  • Fostering Innovation and Creativity

    As Co-Founder of the tremendously successful toy company Melissa & Doug, Melissa has spent the last 30 years helping children discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose through open-ended play. She disrupted the toy industry through her unparalleled creativity, innovation, and willingness to follow her intuition and learn from failure. In this conversation, Melissa shares five lessons she learned on her entrepreneurial journey and supports participants in thinking about their own process as entrepreneurs.

  • Let Play Lead the Way

    We often think of play as a pastime for children, but the benefits of play are profound and persist to adulthood. In this conversation, Melissa discusses the importance of play and its relationship to our well-being, connection, creativity, and joy. She explores beliefs and barriers that prevent us from playing as adults and ways to harness the power of play in all areas of our lives to become more vital, joyful, and creative.

  • Finding Equanimity

    Our intense emotional reaction to triggers is our brain’s way of trying to protect us from experiencing something emotionally threatening. But our triggers limit our ability to connect with ourselves and others, harness our strengths, and act in accordance with our values. In this conversation, Melissa explores the science behind triggers and frames them as gifts that reveal opportunities for growth. She shares strategies that help participants respond rather than react to situations and adopt habits that help them strengthen their equanimity long-term.

Melissa Bernstein Videos

  • Melissa & Doug Co-Founder on Confronting her Depression
  • Author Fishbowl with Melissa Bernstein
  • Melissa Bernstein - Co-Founder of Melissa & Doug

Melissa Bernstein Books

  • LifeLines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light
    LifeLines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light

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  • What topics does Melissa Bernstein speak about?

    Melissa Bernstein is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Business, Education, Entrepreneurism, Health, Inspirational, Mental Health, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Melissa Bernstein travel from?

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Melissa Bernstein is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Unleash the Power of Your Senses, The Balance of Work and Life for Supporting Female Leaders, Fostering Innovation and Creativity, Let Play Lead the Way and Finding Equanimity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Melissa Bernstein for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Melissa Bernstein generally travels from Westport, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shannon Miller, Tom Voss, Kati Morton, Tiffany Yu and Adam Markel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Melissa Bernstein for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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