Melissa “Missy” Bird, PhD, is a fierce public speaker, sassy feminist, and an unapologetic reproductive health policy expert.
She also knows how to make real change happen in her community by building connections with people who have diametrically opposed views, listening to their stories, and having meaningful conversations about them.
It was such a thrill to hear Missy talk about her experiences as a Planned Parenthood lobbyist with the nearly all-male state legislature of Utah. She tells us how she built relationships that led to real action in a political environment that seemed entirely stacked against her.
We also talk about the value of overcoming fear by really understanding your intention, and then speaking up. This, I think, is the key to Missy’s success: Her approach to making change happen is about building real connections with people, finding common ground and approaching the subject and task at hand from a place of passion.
“If you remember why we are in the room, we are unstoppable.”
– Missy Bird
What I loved most about our conversation was that so much of what Missy tells us can be applied in our communities, not just on a political level, but also at work and in our families. Even if you don’t work in politics, everything she discusses is applicable to the private sector and our personal lives.
What’s Missy’s latest “Leap”?
I think it’s pretty easy to see from our conversations and her online presence that Missy leaps on a daily basis. But two things really step out: The first is her new digital course Marginalized No More. The second is her speaking. Missy is a smart, kick-ass speaker who people remember long after they hear her because she doesn’t just inspire people– she gets them to take action.
Where can you find Dr. Melissa Bird?
Check out her website at https://birdgirlindustries.com
This Week’s Action: Dr. Bird has two challenges for us this week:
- Think about what you are passionate about, what motivates Now write it down and post it where you will see every day. If you can’t remember what it was, write down things you care about and interest you until you find it. It will come, trust me.
- Write a handwritten note or email saying, “thank you” to a woman leader that you admire.