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Melanie Abrahams

QuestionWhat inspires you?

AnswerReal life role models who I can look to for models and insight, both those who are publicly celebrated as well as the more underground and low-key leaders.

QuestionWhich leadership development programme did you attend?

AnswerPeach Placement and Powerbrokers Hothouse

QuestionWhy did you choose the programme?

AnswerI chose the Peach Placement to have the opportunity to live, work and contribute to a city away from London, specifically Liverpool, through a hunch that it would be a fantastic crucible

QuestionHow do you relax?

AnswerDancing, reading, strolling, watching films, spending time with loved ones

QuestionWhat single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?

AnswerAn amiable patron (smile). Do they still exist?

QuestionWhat is your greatest fear?

AnswerCant think of anything

QuestionWhat pearl of leadership wisdom would you offer an emerging leader?

AnswerNothing is more important than the way that you make others feel

QuestionWhat is your guiltiest pleasure?

AnswerWatching films in the afternoon

QuestionWhat words or phases do you most overuse?


QuestionWhat has been your most challenging situation as a leader?

AnswerLetting go of bad mistakes

QuestionWhat did you learn from that experience?

AnswerTime and reflection changes your perspective and karma exists

QuestionWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

AnswerBeing present to life

QuestionWhich book(s) are you reading at the moment?

AnswerThe Fountainhead

QuestionWhere would you like to live?

AnswerId like to live in New York, Trinidad and London at different times of the year

Question Did you experience any eureka! moments during your leadership development programme? If yes, what?

AnswerWell, I fell back in the water and almost drowned

QuestionIf you were a super hero, what would your power be?


QuestionHave you found your leadership development beneficial?


Question Why?

AnswerIts given me the experience to access mentors and to meet a range of interesting people

QuestionWhat do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?

AnswerThat I do what I love to do as a living

QuestionWhat would your 'leadership' motto be?

AnswerLeadership is a gift

QuestionIf you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?

AnswerA very capable robot, a radio, and then the usual things people want on a desert island swiss army knife, canoe/boat/rescue vehicle and so on..

QuestionWhat is your favourite song?

AnswerAt the moment All I do by Stevie Wonder.

QuestionWhat keeps you awake at night?


QuestionWhat is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?

AnswerKeep on keeping on

QuestionDo you plan to do more leadership development? If yes, what area do you plan to focus on?

AnswerYes, Id like to focus on building networks


Melanie Abrahams

Name: Melanie Abrahams
Title: Director
Organisation: Renaissance1/Tilt
Location: London-based, works nationally, internationally

renaissance one is an independent organisation which supports and nurtures writers and producers through brokerage, mentoring, book launches and touring live literature; Tilt is a company of spirited practitioners who instigate activity and further self-expression, creativity and oratory through the spoken word.