The Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Chief Operations Officer
25 – 37
Melissa Robaina, MBA is the Chief Operations Officer for The Center for Appreciative Inquiry, an international leadership development organization. For over 10 years, Melissa has worked with individuals, clients, and communities worldwide using Appreciative Inquiry to enhance and enrich engagement, dialogue, innovation, connectivity, and sustainable change. Melissa has an interest in adult learning theory and is passionate about coordinating, developing, and facilitating transformation solutions in all human systems. Melissa is a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, Trainer, and Consultant.
Melissa is the co-host of Pivotal Moments HQ – a podcast sharing, exploring & celebrating stories of change through mindset and wellness, and their impact on relationships – both to ourselves and others. The intention of sharing and highlighting these stories is to 1) give a voice to underrepresented and marginalized communities and 2) to help the listener through storytelling in whatever changes they may be contemplating. As a society, we have more in common than we think, and it’s time we celebrate and learn from one another.
Melissa is the co-author of two articles, “Creating a Legacy to Live Into: The Macon Miracle” and “The Macon Miracle: A Community [Re]Designing Education to Capture the Hearts and Minds of Students”; highlighting her Company’s work in Appreciative Inquiry and positive change facilitation. These articles are published in two separate books: Exceeding Expectations: An Anthology of Appreciative Inquiry Stories in Education from Around the World and Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Volume 4.
Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator
Appreciative Inquiry Trainer
Marketing and Event Planning
Workshop Design and Facilitation
The Importance of Sharing Your Dreams
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Developing Community with Inquiry
Developing a community of trust is imperative to the success of any workshop or consulting project. A facilitator’s first task must be to create an environment that is safe, invites feedback, and encourages positive dialogue. Weaving Appreciative Inquiry into one’s facilitation allows individuals to develop supportive relationships with one another while co-creating shared goals and actionable items for an ideal learning experience.
5-D Model of Appreciative Inquiry
Ever wonder what people mean when they talk about the 5-D’s of Appreciative Inquiry? This short video provides a great overview of the process.
Appreciative Ice Breaker Exercise
Looking for an Appreciative Virtual Ice Breaker that you can use in your Zoom meetings? Look no further!
Bibb County School District
Disability Rights Nebraska
Kathy Becker, CEO of the Center for Appreciative Inquiry
Melissa has a deep understanding of Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology and Organizational Development knowing how to weave her knowledge and skills into all of her consulting work. We have collaborated on a large scale summit – 4500 people all at the same time! She helped design, organize, facilitate and document our work. She works with clients and has outstanding reviews from them. She is always a team player and able to take the lead at any time.