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Melissa Bernstein

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

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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.

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.

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LifeLines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light

LifeLines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Melissa Bernstein?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melissa Bernstein for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Melissa Bernstein, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melissa Bernstein or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Melissa Bernstein?

    Speaking fees for Melissa Bernstein, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Melissa Bernstein charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melissa Bernstein, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Melissa Bernstein?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melissa Bernstein for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melissa Bernstein for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melissa Bernstein or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melissa Bernstein or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Melissa & Doug Toys and LifeLines

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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.

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

FAQs on booking Melissa Bernstein

  • How to book Melissa Bernstein?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Melissa Bernstein for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Melissa Bernstein, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Melissa Bernstein or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Melissa Bernstein?

    Speaking fees for Melissa Bernstein, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Melissa Bernstein charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Melissa Bernstein, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Melissa Bernstein?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Melissa Bernstein for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Melissa Bernstein for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Melissa Bernstein or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Melissa Bernstein or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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.

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 Speaker Videos

  • Melissa & Doug Co-Founder on Confronting her Depression
    Author Fishbowl with Melissa Bernstein
  • Melissa Bernstein - Co-Founder of Melissa & Doug
    NSL Bites: Melissa Bernstein Explains the Benefits of Childhood ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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