Dr. Melissa Furman’s passion for guiding individuals with career, professional, and leadership development inspired her to launch Career Potential to help individuals achieve and organizations succeed. As the owner of Career Potential, Melissa serves as a speaker at state, national, and international conferences and provides individual coaching and organizational consulting services to corporate, non-profit, and government organizations.
Melissa previously served as the assistant dean and currently serves as a faculty member at the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member for UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Executive Education division in Chapel Hill, NC and for GA Tech’s Professional Education division in Savannah, GA. Prior to her current faculty roles, Melissa served in a variety of roles at universities such as Emory University, The University of Georgia, and Johns Hopkins University.
With more than 20 years of academic training and experience, Melissa’s research and professional expertise include: generational diversity, unconscious bias, career and leadership development, emotional intelligence, organizational development, and external relations.
Melissa obtained her Doctorate of Business degree and Masters of Science in Professional Counseling degree from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and serves in multiple leadership roles for community organizations, including serving as an Advisory Board Member for Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia.
Melissa is a self-proclaimed “Yankee Belle”–although she has lived in the South for 20+ years, her roots still remain in New Jersey. She currently resides in Augusta, Georgia with her husband Christopher who shares a passion for wildlife conservation.