Melissa Robaina, MBA is the Chief Operations Officer for The Center for Appreciative Inquiry and is a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and Consultant.
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The Center for Appreciative Inquiry

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Chief Operations Officer

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Melissa Robaina, MBA is an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and Consultant for the Company of Experts. For the last few years, Melissa has worked for the Company as a content creator and has collaborated with numerous subject matter experts around the world researching, organizing, and writing material that nurtures discussion and is applicable to today’s rapidly changing environment. Melissa has an interest in adult learning theory and is passionate about coordinating, developing, and facilitating transformation solutions in all human systems. Melissa has also co-facilitated Company of Experts offerings related to Change, Paradigm Shifts and Online offerings.

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

Strategic Planning

Workshop Design and Facilitation


The Importance of Sharing Your Dreams

Reflection after Reading Leadership Lessons Learned from LEGOs""

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!

Education Re-imagined


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.