Melannie Cunningham

Melannie Denise Cunningham is an educator, entrepreneur, scholar, and humanitarian. She is well known locally and internationally for her unapologetic talk and activism on issues of education, race, advocacy for Black women and girls, and promoting anti-racist community building. In 2018 Melannie was awarded the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize for her lifetime achievement work in racial reconciliation. As part of the recognition, she was gifted a trip to Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. A film crew followed her as she sought to understand how peace is made. The resulting work is a 30-minute documentary titled “Peace Queen” – that has aired locally on PBS and recently received a Northwest Regional Emmy Award for excellence in the cultural documentary category. Melannie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University, an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, an MA in Organizational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, and is currently a doctoral student, also at Fielding in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change. 

2:15 pm | Peace Queen Talks

Melannie will talk about work/life balance and how to find it.