I am your Global Virtual Assistant…the busy social entrepreneur and entre-leader’s go-to gal, the creative’s Girl Friday.
Hi, I’m Melody Fugazzotto. Mel for short. Please don’t give up trying to say my last name. I haven’t. Yep, I married into that one and decided that hyphenation wasn’t for me when some of the doctors I worked with shortened it into something that sounded a bit like a medical acronym for a bad case of diarrhea. Don’t ask. Just trust me.
Perfect segue for why I’m here. (Cue drum roll and an incredibly catchy beat.)
I’m here for you. And to satisfy my insane urge to help others find a solution to their problems, big and small. Really, I’m that person who just can’t say no on the Facebook forums when someone asks “Where can I find…” or “What’s the best…” anywhere local or anywhere in the world. Literally. I’ve been doing that for YEARS, or at least since social media started.
Let’s chat a bit. My best work is done when there’s a great vibe between me and you. I want to understand your work, feel your passion. I enjoy working with creatives, solopreneurs, mompreneurs, small business owners with a desire to share their crafts and ideas, and oh, let’s make a bit of profit, too! I want to help you find solutions to your work concerns and eventually, more time in your busy day to do more for you, your business, your family.
Your time is precious. You can read all about me on my Linked In profile but in a nutshell, over the years, I’ve been:
- the teacher
- the student
- the fundraiser
- the data cruncher
- the solution finder
- the problem solver
- the travel planner
- the team leader
- the project manager
- the C-suite gatekeeper
- the Powerpoint Ranger
I’ve done everything from strategic planning at major healthcare facilities to running disaster preparedness training seminars for international participants. Somewhere in between, I’ve lived in the Far East and Europe with stops in Southern California, Washington, DC, and Texas. I’ve been at sea for months at a time and been deployed to a third-world, war-ravaged country. Finding creative ways to do business is second nature to me.
My years working with some of the brightest minds and most tenacious personalities in the military taught me to think on my feet. Swift, creative thinking helped us meet our goals and make the boss look great, while the team efforts purred smoothly on good vibes and great chocolate (really, what else do you need?).
A little more…
Personally I love to read, try different foods and drinks, and travel to exotic out of the way places with my family and dogs. When I’m not working, I’m kicking back with a good book (Kindle Cloud Reader totally rocks) or I’m hanging out at home with my family. Occasionally, you’ll find me waiting for my child to finish her riding lessons or her Irish Dance class.
Here’s a little bit of background about me.
- I lived on the island of Guam until I was in 6th grade, when my stepdad moved us clear across the globe to sprawling Houston, Texas. Although I love Texas, I left home when I enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman. I later became a health care administrator and recently retired after twenty years and 9 moves all over the globe.
- I believe in providing great customer service to my clientele, a soft-skill set that’s been honed since I was a teenager.
- I’ve worked as a cashier in a grocery store, a PBX operator at an amusement park, a part-time nanny, salesperson in boutiques and fashion department stores, and healthcare administration on large ships in the Pacific, a multinational trauma hospital in Central Asia, training institutes from Washington DC to California (and points in between).
- Although I was in the Navy for 20 years, I don’t like to swim.
- I’m a total foodie. My parents were born in the Philippines and introduced me to a lot of different foods as a youngster. Filipino cuisine borrows liberally from our Spanish, Asian and Malay ancestry.
- I believe you can learn a lot about a culture by the typical foods served at home, not necessarily in the finest restaurants. I talk about food on my lifestyle blog, Global Family Treks.
- I’m petite…not even 5 feet tall.
- I am a techie at heart. So is the rest of our family.
- Chocolate in all forms is a good thing.