Meet Melissa Washington, the founder of Women Veterans Giving and the inspiration behind the name of our Sheer Strength™ Hydrating Lip Tint shade Melissa (Warm Sienna)!
Melissa holds many titles, including award-winning advocate, speaker, author, entrepreneur, CEO, publisher, radio show host, and proud Navy veteran. But it’s as the founder of Women Veterans Giving (WVG), a Thrive Causemetics® Giving Partner since 2021, that Melissa has been able to dedicate much of her life to helping other women veterans gain valuable career experience and successfully integrate back into civilian life.
WVG is an organization that supports women veterans by providing opportunities to build professional experience and help adjust to life outside of active duty service. Alongside its mission to connect, empower, and cultivate growth, WVG also provides financial support to fund businesses owned by women veterans. To date, they have awarded over $15,000 in grants.
Melissa is the daughter of a Bronze Star Army Vietnam War veteran and followed in her father’s footsteps by joining the Navy at 18 years old. She spent three years on active duty and five years in the reserve, where she met her husband, who served in the Marine Corps. After experiencing the challenges of a dual-service family, Melissa left the Navy to embark on a new path by going back to school to earn a bachelor's degree in business management. During this time, Melissa recognized the need for women veterans to have a strong support system, leading her to found the Women Veterans Alliance in 2015 and establish the nonprofit wing of this organization, Women Veterans Giving, in 2018.
With your support, Thrive Causemetics® has sent WVG over 3,500 Thrive Causemetics® products valued at more than $60,000 to give to the women veterans they empower in so many ways. To learn more about Women Veterans Giving, you can visit their website and Instagram page, and you can check out the Melissa shade of Sheer Strength™ Hydrating Lip Tint right here.
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