Melissa Sheldon is the Research Program Senior Manager at the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN). At WIN, Melissa works closely with the Director of Data Analytics on WIN’s quarterly labor market reports, specialized workforce profiles for emerging technologies through the national network of manufacturing institutes, skill gap analyses, customized surveys, and more.
Prior to joining the WIN team, Melissa worked for South Central Michigan Works! (SCMW), the workforce development agency that served employers and job seekers in Hillsdale, Jackson, and Lenawee counties. This agency is now known as Michigan Works! Southeast and serves Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties. Melissa spent nearly eight years at SCMW! in various roles. She has experience working in many workforce programs, including disseminating labor market data, business services, event coordination, computer class and workshop facilitation, communications, marketing, public relations, and more. While working at SCMW!, Melissa was instrumental in securing a number of grants dealing with career development and skill attainment as well as establishing a responsive data support system within the SCMW! service area. Additionally, Melissa provided instruction and detailed support to workforce development, business service personnel and economic development representatives to assist and support their activities in encouraging the growth and development of the region. She also taught Microsoft Office classes, basic computer skills classes, online job search classes, and career readiness workshops with both adult job seekers and high school students. Melissa was a critical cog in the growth and sustainability of numerous programs that were implemented to address the training and educational needs of the region as recognized and supported by the utilization of the data and research functions she put in place.
Melissa is a Michigan native and a two-time graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.