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Melissa Alexis

Founder/CEO, Mindfulness Coach, Consultant, & Speaker Serving as a Catalyst for Transformation at Cultural Fabric

Professional Training and Coaching

Education: Amherst College - Sarah Lawrence College
Boston, MA, USA

Biography

“I build bridges to healing practices to take us back to our selves, and to authentic relationships across differences to promote community building.” - Melissa Alexis

Dedicated to helping people transform from the inside out, I am Founder/CEO of Cultural Fabric, a mindfulness coach, consultant, and speaker. I am committed to helping leaders and staff across sectors move their concept of DEI and well-being from theory to practice, and realize the connection between self-care and care of the collective.

Deeply steeped in working at the intersection of mindfulness, mental wellness (including racial healing) and DEI for leadership, staff, and individual support, I address the greatest personal and social need of our time - addressing perceived separation within ourselves and among other people. My overarching mission is to heal disconnection. My sessions produce immediate transformation in people's inner worlds and the inner expansion translates right away to a wider sense of external possibilities.

I am a 25-year management professional who has always had a parallel career as a dance artist and yoga practitioner. Those dimensions of me and my practices are the power behind helping others uncover personal and professional ease, along with necessary self-belonging & accountability. This is why I’m so passionate about sharing the utility of mindfulness and helping leaders and organizations integrate mindfulness and well-being into daily operations, team building, and DEI strategy and equity implementation. I train leaders to understand what inclusiveness *feels* like and to embody values.

As a coach to individuals, I support people to connect with their body-mind-spirit, eliminate internal blockages and show up fully for their life’s mission.

My work is research-based and I have served on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Amherst College, Smith College, and Bard High School Early College Newark. As a first generation Trinidadian immigrant, my research is rooted in exploring the intersection of African, Eastern, and Western perspectives, informed by psychology, the arts, social justice, sustainability, and mindfulness studies. I am certified to teach yoga from JP Centre Yoga, sustainability from The Earth Institute at Columbia University, trained in meditation through Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences and Sarah Powers/Integral Yoga Institute, facilitation through Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, and I hold a Master's from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. from Amherst College.

Photo Credit: Jill Goldman Photography

Passion

Passionate speaker about:
Mindfulness and Mental Health
Bringing Consciousness to DEI and Anti-Racism
Interdependent Relationship Between Self + Community Care

In this digital era of disconnection, the age of two pandemics, an anticipated surge in mental health crises, and what I call the epidemic of busy, I am passionate about helping people ground themselves and connect with one another through mindfulness. I am obsessed with the utility of practices to heighten awareness in everyday spheres of life and to help us bridge the perceived divides among us.

I am willing to travel

More than 100 miles

When it comes to payments

Everything is negotiable

Topics

wellness at work education cultivating resilience healthcare wellness community building career development resilience higher education personal development workshop facilitation authenticity community engagement yoga wellness health stress management entrepreneurship social responsibility social justice wellbeing health and wellness professional growth diversity equity and inclusion mindfulness healing justice social action power of presence communication body language building trust health equity employee resource groups arts and social change women of color leadership intersectional identities yoga and meditation dialogue facilitation racial healing dei

Best Story

My best stories are of witnessing clients who surpass their own expectations, causing a continual aha effect. Witnessing people surprise themselves, shift their narrative, and positively impact those around them is always the best story.

Origin Story

Cultural Fabric is a natural outgrowth of the layers of experience that brought me to my understanding of multidisciplinary, cross-sector approaches and integrated mindfulness applications for targeted results. I noticed the need in global society to address our lack of connection, to share how to release stress (not manage it!), to help others cultivate an internal practice leading to greater ease with self and others, and to address systemic inequities on an individual and collective level. Cultural Fabric was born to share the utility of mindfulness to promote compassion, deep listening, authentic connections, and applying solutions that open possibilities. My belief in introducing equity systemically informs my work to help companies shift culture & elevate people of color and other historically marginalized people, as well as working directly with those most affected by systemic inequities.