Leading Ladies 2023


Melissa is owner and founder of SHAW SEARCH PARTNERS, a recruitment consulting firm focused on the hiring of marketing, creative, and strategy talent within the consumer goods, retail, ecommerce, and healthcare industries nationwide and globally. Melissa is the recipient of the Business Women Awards “Woman to Watch” award by Providence Business News. With a focus on national and global opportunities, her company is known for recruiting diverse, high- level, and executive candidates, and competes with some of the nation’s leading recruitment agencies.

“I launched Shaw Search Partners in 2010 with a belief that there was a need for a recruiter to have a vested interest in the business, culture, and environment of the client’s company, in addition to the job specifications,” says Melissa, who had been working in the industry since 2001 when she decided to leave corporate recruiting to start her own business. “I started with one client and

have worked tirelessly to organically, and single-handedly, grow the business to where it is today: a nationally recognized firm with numerous clients.”

Melissa is known for her optimism, dedication, work ethic, and honesty, which she brings to the table when she connects with all candidates and clients, from small start-ups to Fortune 4 corporations and everything in between. When she reflects on her success, Melissa credits watching her dad pave his way as an entrepreneur for teaching her the true tenets of hard work and perseverance: “Doing so has allowed me to start, grow, and run a successful Rhode Island-based business.”

While Shaw Search Partners has grown immensely over the last 13 years, Melissa is excited for what 2023 has in store. “We are continuing to expand our client roster, including new industries and geographies,” she says. “I love helping people find their dream job, and I can honestly say that doing that is MY dream job!”



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