Melissa Sheldon is the Senior Research Analyst at the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN). At WIN, Melissa works closely with the Senior Director of Research and Strategy on WIN’s quarterly labor market reports, writing and analyzing company surveys about talent gaps, and leading special research projects on the labor market.
Prior to coming to WIN, Melissa worked for South Central Michigan Works! (SCMW!), the workforce development agency that serves employers and jobseekers in Hillsdale, Jackson, and Lenawee counties. Melissa spent nearly eight years at SCMW! in various roles. She has experience working in many workforce programs and providing labor market data services, business services, event coordination, computer class and workshop facilitation, communications, marketing, public relations, and more. While working with 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 skill and online job search classes, and career readiness workshops with both adults 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 was able to put into place.
Melissa is a Michigan native and a graduate of Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. She holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration and is currently working toward her master’s in Organizational Leadership at the Graduate College of Siena Heights University.