Melissa Michaels, Ed.D., creates movement-based cross-cultural events focusing on the power of the arts to heal, transform, and mobilize individuals and communities. As the founder and director of the not-for-profit organization, Golden Bridge, Melissa developed the first contemporary leadership program rooted in dance, empowering hundreds of social entrepreneurs and peace builders around the world. Grief is no stranger to these leaders. Decades of tending to the broken and brilliant hearts of diverse peoples through art based ritual has been an integral part of Melissa's work of inner and outer liberation. Loss serves as the doorway to ever expanding states of love. From her own tender heart, to schools in our inner cities, to refugee settlements, to the United Nations, Melissa serves as the midwife, serving the emergence of people's somatic, social, and soulful intelligence.