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Melissa Alvarez Mangual, Ed.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Santa Barbara, CA, US

Melissa Alvarez Mangual, Ed.D.

Associate Faculty - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA, UNITED STATES

I cultivate bravery & strategic action in people to be inclusive & equitable leaders who shift organizational culture, practices, & systems.





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Women of Color Advancing to the Nonprofit C-Suite Panel Discussion: Culturally Competent Employee Wellness, Engagement and Development Programs




Melissa Álvarez Mangual, Ed.D. is a scholar-practitioner, learning and development executive, and executive leadership coach laser focused on cultivating bravery and strategic action in clients to be emotionally intelligent, inclusive and equitable leaders that transform organizational culture and practices. Dr. Álvarez Mangual draws on over 20 years of experience in learning and organizational development in global and federated organizations and institutions. She is the founder and Managing Principal of Thriven Partners, LLC a boutique coaching and consulting firm specializing in mental fitness, emotional intelligence, womxn in leadership, and inclusive and equitable leadership coaching. Dr. Álvarez Mangual earned her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University, an MA from DePaul University, and a BA from Florida State University. She is also a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), certified business and diversity coach, certified mentor coach, and advanced certified SCUBA diver who, while going deep with clients, helps them to recognize diversity and inclusion as driving forces behind organizational relevance, sustainability, and success.

Industry Expertise (3)



Training and Development

Areas of Expertise (5)



Organizational Development

Leadership Development


Education (5)

ThePower Business School: Alternative MBA 2021

Northeastern University: EdD, Organizational Leadership Studies 2019

DePaul University: MA, Interdisciplinary Studies 2002

Cornell University: Certificate, Executive and Change Leadership 2015

Florida State University: BA, International Affairs 1999

Affiliations (2)

  • Executive Service Corps : Board of Directors
  • Journal of Leadership Education : Peer Reviewer

Media Appearances (1)

8 steps white leaders can take to affect change post-diversity training

Chief Learning Officer  online


A common statement I hear from white mid- and senior-level leaders during or after participation in racial equity or diversity and inclusion training is, “This is complex, it’s systemic; I just don’t know what I can do to change things.” They often express feelings of overwhelm, powerlessness, uncertainty and, in some cases, fear, whether they use these exact words or not.

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Articles (2)

Nonprofit Executive Women of Color: Identity, Organizational Stakeholders, and Decision-Making

Northeastern University ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

2019 While the nonprofit sector has a workforce that is three quarters women, the leadership remains mostly White and male. Although executive women of color are more likely to be found in the nonprofit sector, limited empirical research has been conducted to explore the experiences of this group of leaders.

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Success Coaches A Faculty and Staff Mentoring Support System

A Brevard Community College White Paper

2012 The Brevard Community College (BCC) spring 2011 student survey findings overwhelmingly reference frustration and dissatisfaction with advising at BCC. More opportunities to interact with faculty and accurate advising across the college are also noted areas for improvement.

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