"Creativity takes courage"

Henri Matisse

About Dr Melissa Risely, founder of Thinkreate. 
I am an Adelaide-based engagement specialist, writer, and life-long learner, dedicated to helping individuals and organisations reach their creative potential. Facilitating effective communication, building strong relationships, and 21st century skill development are a large part of my work. 

My intense curiosity has led me to pursue many things - psychology, ecology, art, education, writing, philosophy, sustainability, and nutrition, just to name a few... I enjoy the genuine ‘thrill of the search’. I went through a lot of angst for many years, focussing on what I 'should be' when I grew up. After trying on many different career hats, I realised that my unusual combination of interests and skills was a strength, and that there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for a meaningful career (or life for that matter!).


My slightly unconventional career journey has enhanced my strength in strategic thinking, and ‘connecting the dots' between seemingly unrelated things, to find novel solutions.

I am constantly seeking to learn what 'makes people tick' - how can we better understand the way we think, engage, and work?​ How can we learn and do business in a more purposeful and wholehearted way? 

I believe that through purposeful engagement, embracing diversity, and cultivating meaning and belonging, we can create positive change. 




I am always open to discussing future collaborations and opportunities with organisations, companies, brands, and universities – get in touch with me here:



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