Melanie Griffin

Tampa Office Managing Shareholder of the Dean Mead Law Firm and Founder of Spread Your Sunshine

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Melanie Griffin is the Tampa Office Managing Shareholder of the Dean Mead Law Firm and Founder of Spread Your Sunshine. Her professional leadership led to recognition as Florida’s Most Productive Young Lawyer (2009), Super Lawyers Rising Star (Business Litigation 2010-18), Florida Trend Legal Elite (Up & Comer 2010-14, Commercial Litigation 2014-18), Best Lawyer in America (Commercial Litigation 2017-19), Tampa Bay Metro Inspiring Woman in Business (2016-17), KNOW Tampa (2018), TBBJ BusinessWoman of the Year Legal Services Finalist (2016), FSU Notable Nole (2016), and FSU College of Business Recent Alumni Achievement Award Winner (2017). Last year, Melanie was appointed by the Governor to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) where she serves as Policy Committee Chair. Above all, Melanie’s passion is mentoring, and in 2017, she founded Spread Your Sunshine to empower women with the confidence to break the glass ceiling and achieve their dreams. Her success effecting positive change was celebrated through her receipt of the 2016 TBBJ BusinessWoman of the Year Angie’s Award, 2017 GSWCF Woman of Promise Award, 2017 FSU Inspire Award, and 2018 Florida Bar YLD Outstanding Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award. Melanie’s mission is energizing others to spread their sunshine, allowing all to find joy and grow the best in themselves.



Breakout Session

Why Mentoring Matters

Oprah Winfrey once said, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” Today, more than ever, this rings true for women at all stages of their career. As moderator of this panel-style breakout session, Jessica will engage an inspiring group of women leaders who will share their unique experiences to illustrate why mentoring matters, advise how to seek the best mentor for yourself, and help you learn how to serve as a mentor to others.