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2014 Top 25 Women In Power Impacting Diversity

Melissa Persia Oliver

Melissa Persia Oliver, Founder of Odyssey IP, Advances Empowerment

Melissa Persia Oliver is the founder of Odyssey IP, a nonprofit outreach organization that is focused on empowering minorities through education, mentoring and small business development. The nonprofit organizes several events each year, but it is the annual Odyssey IP Awards gala that recognizes business efforts and accomplishments that have significantly contributed to small business development and expansion, and local communities. The major event consists of a networking reception and the presentation of the “Odyssey International Awards of Excellence.” The City of Newark issued a Resolution in 2011 to honor her efforts to improve the quality of life of local residents.

Melissa is the President of Star Bright Services, a leading provider of green environmental cleaning solutions. She focused on developing a diverse and inclusive workforce as key to innovation and creativity and has become a leader in the commercial cleaning industry. In 2013 she was named one of the top 25 Leading Woman Entrepreneurs of New Jersey by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners organization for her advocacy efforts.

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