Mel is the Co-Founder/COO of Mirza, a femtech meets fintech company on a mission to close the gender pay gap. After graduating from UVA, Mel launched a career focused on building fast growth companies. From launching and scaling sales territories in Europe, to making college education more accessible, to managing a luxury real estate portfolio, Mel fell in love with the process of building a concept from the ground up. A lifelong ideator, Mel had launched side hustles and passion projects while working, but it was during her time at London Business School that she realized she wanted to go all in on her own business. Mirza is her second company and is the manifestation of her passion for equitable access for all womxn and the desire to operate in the social impact space.
For us, tackling childcare as one of the core contributors to the motherhood penalty/gender pay gap isn’t just about helping people afford the (often exorbitant) cost of childcare, but changing how they do the math around it.3 December 2021