CEO+Founder of ON THE DOT
If you ask Melinda Garvey what her big dream is, you will probably hear her say: “I want to brainwash women!” Now, don’t be alarmed. She just sees this as the fastest way to ensure that ALL women know their worth, have a tribe of other women supporting them and can see their own path to success through access to the Manolos of women that came before them.
“It’s really all about creating a mindset of abundance, rather than scarcity,” Melinda explains. “There are millions of non-celeb, non-corporate titan women who are successful. We just simply don’t ever hear their stories, so we believe that the landscape is barren. On The Dot is on a mission to change that by giving access to successful women and their stories every day.”
It all started in a little Texas town called Austin. One day in 2002, Melinda decided (after one too many glasses of wine) to use her media background to empower, engage and inspire the women of Austin by launching Austin Woman Magazine. Now in its 16th year and hailed as the go-to resource for women looking to move ahead and build a legacy, Austin Woman is going strong…
But what about women around the globe? “When I heard that one of the very top reasons women were not achieving equal success was the lack of access to relatable role models,” Melinda continues, “I just got mad.” And we don’t like to make Melinda mad, or apparently feed her too many glasses of wine, because then she just does something crazy…like start another company.
And so, On The Dot was born, with little more than a deep passion for championing women, an expertise in storytelling and the moxie to believe that On The Dot could change the conversation about women’s advancement. What if, every morning, millions of women around the world heard a story about a successful, relatable role model? How would our mindset change if we could SEE it and then know that we, too could BE it? Let’s do this!
When not on her soapbox, you can find Melinda and her Kiwi husband and business partner, Kip, at a soccer game or swim meet cheering on their 11 year old feminist son, Beckom. Other than that—you guessed it—you can find her surrounded by a gaggle of women drinking wine, of course!
May 9th, 2019 | 24 mins 39 secs
empowerment, feminism, gail davis, inspirational, interview, on the dot woman, on the spot, speakers, speakers bureau, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with the role model: Gail Davis, President and Founder of GDA Speakers.
May 2nd, 2019 | 22 mins 27 secs
activism, advocate, africa, children's rescue, empowerment, feminism, inspirational, interview, mary muiruri, on the dot woman, on the spot, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with the role model: Mary Muiruri, children's advocate and philanthropist. This episode contains sensitive material. Parental discretion is advised.
April 25th, 2019 | 24 mins 10 secs
asian, creative, emcee, empowerment, famous, feminism, inspirational, interview, malaysian, media, music, musician, on the dot, on the spot, rap, rapper, star, women, zamaera
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with the rising star: Zamaera, Malaysian emcee and artist.
April 11th, 2019 | 34 mins 42 secs
advice, asian woman, empowerment, feminism, inspirational, interview, media, mogul, network, on the dot, on the spot, platform, success, tiffany pham, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Tiffany Pham, Founder and CEO of Mogul, a platform that helps women network for career success.
April 4th, 2019 | 19 mins 56 secs
children, clothing, collective child, confidence, creative, empowerment, experience, fashion, feminism, industry, inspirational, interview, on the dot, on the spot, sandra makarem, success, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Sandra Makarem, Founder & CEO of Collective Child, a premium and highly in-demand personalized shopping service for luxury childrenswear.
March 21st, 2019 | 20 mins 36 secs
ceo, empowerment, equality, feminism, finance, finances, founder, goals, interview, investment, money, on the dot, on the spot, planning, roselyn wilkinson, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Roselyn Wilkinson, certified financial planner and author of the book "It's Good to be Queen," and talk about money and the importance of financial planning for women.
March 14th, 2019 | 19 mins 57 secs
business inspirational, creative, education, empowerment, feminism, interview, kids, margot stern, media, on the dot, on the spot, science, stem, teamwork, women, yael schuster
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Margot Stern and Dr. Yael Schuster, the founders of StellarNova, a multimedia edutainment company that creates unique experiences for kids through storytelling, hands-on activities, and interactive media.
Episode 29: Girl, Hold Your Head Up High!: Featuring Sheila Ronning, Founder of Women in the Boardroom
March 7th, 2019 | 31 mins 3 secs
advice, business, ceo, confidence, empowerment, feminism, inspirational, international women's day, interview, on the dot, on the spot, success, tips, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Sheila Ronning, the founder of Women in the Boardroom, an organization that makes sure women have a seat at the table.
February 28th, 2019 | 18 mins 25 secs
brooke waupsh, creative, dating, empowerment, feminism, inspirational, interview, love, media, online dating, relationships, swoovy, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Brooke Waupsh, co-founder and CEO of Swoovy, a new mobile dating app that connects single people to go on a date volunteering for a nonprofit.
Episode 27: On The Spot Featuring Jillian Bullock, Filmmaker, President, and CEO of Jillian Bullock Enterprises
February 21st, 2019 | 22 mins 58 secs
black woman, black women, ceo, creative, empowerment, feminism, film, filmmaking, inspirational, interview, jillian bullock, media, woc, woman of color, women
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Jillian Bullock, award-winning filmmaker, author, and speaker. Jillian is president, and CEO of Jillian Bullock Enterprises.
Episode 26: On The Spot Featuring Brittany Packnett, Activist and Vice President of National Community Alliances & Engagement at Teach For America
February 14th, 2019 | 23 mins 48 secs
activism, black woman, empowerment, inspiration, inspirational, intersectionality, interview, role model, woc, women, women of color
On today's episode of On the Spot, we sit down with Brittany Packnett, outspoken intersectional Activist and Vice President of National Community Alliances & Engagement at Teach For America.
Episode 25: On The Spot Featuring Christine Celis and Daytona Camps; the beer-brewing mother-daughter duo of Celis Brewery
February 7th, 2019 | 20 mins 56 secs
alcohol industry, beer, belgian-style, brewery, brewing, celis, celis white, creative, family, family business, female brewers, heritage, interview, women
On today's episode of On The Spot, we sat down with Christine Celis and Daytona Camps, the beer-drinking and beer-making mother-daughter duo of Celis Brewery in Austin, TX.