Executive VP, eMerge Americas
A native to Miami, FL, Melissa Medina is currently the Executive Vice President of eMerge Americas. In May 2014, Melissa helped launch the inaugural eMerge Americas, an annual, large-scale global technology conference which provides a platform for the advancement of technology, the sharing of ideas, and the launch pad for innovation while connecting Latin America with North America and Europe. eMerge America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for establishing Miami as the tech hub of the Americas in order to propel innovation and investment in South Florida & Latin America. With Melissa’s leadership, eMerge Americas now serves as the catalyst in a movement to connect the Americas through innovation & technology. Subsequent to the 2014 inaugural conference, Melissa assisted in the launch of the Women, Innovation & Technology summit (WIT), which seeks to convene top female professionals from across the globe to showcase how they are transforming industries through technology & innovation. Melissa is also the President of the Medina Family Foundation (MFF). As President of the foundation, Melissa defined the foundation’s mission as funding local initiatives that focus on mentoring children and empowering families by enhancing education and quality of life. The MFF actively supports various organizations including: Roots of Hope, SEED School of Miami, FIU Aquarius, Miami Children’s Hospital, Women of Tomorrow, Informed Families, Voices For Children, Camillus House, Shake-A-Leg, City Year, AMIGOS for Kids, the United Way, among many others. The funding provided to these organizations, along with Melissa’s personal involvement in each of the organizations, has allowed these non-profits to continue their missions and ultimately, create a brighter future for the City of Miami. Melissa attended the University of FL and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Real Estate & Urban Analysis, Minor in Finance & Master’s in International Business. Additionally, as part of her Master’s program, Melissa attended ESADE in Barcelona, Spain - one of the top global universities in business management. Subsequent to her Master’s program, Melissa worked at Terremark Worldwide, a leading operator of integrated network access points. Beginning her career as a Research Assistant in the Development Department, Medina worked her way up as an Account Manager & Financial Analyst, analyzing company revenues and implementing audit systems. Melissa has been honored with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce “Difference Maker” HYPE Award, as well as recognized as a “Pace-Setting Woman in Miami” by the State of Florida for her commitment to her city. Most recently, the Junior League of Miami recognized Melissa as a “Woman Who Makes A Difference.” Melissa also sits on the Board of Endeavor Miami, Roots of Hope, and the Miami Children’s Museum. Melissa is passionate about transforming Miami into a technology hub for the Americas and supporting Miami-based non-profits who seek to empower tomorrow's leaders. Most importantly, Melissa is a mother and most passionate about her 5 children - Sebastian (9), Eva (7), Ellie (7), Nicolas(6), and Inés Emilia (10 months).