Melissa Penate



Describe what you do for your company.: As the CEO & Founder, I am tasked with a multifaceted set of responsibilities that encompass both strategic direction and operational management. At Peñate Consulting & Meli & Lore Co., my primary focus is on leading our team toward achieving our vision and objectives while fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence.

Describe what your company does.: Peñate Consulting LLC is a dynamic and forward-thinking company that specializes in grant consulting, fundraising consulting, government contract consulting, and government management/operations. Our mission is to empower minority-owned organizations and local governments in the State of Georgia with the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully navigate the complex processes involved in obtaining and managing government contracts and grants, as well as handling strategic planning.

Meli & Lore Activewear, led by the visionary designs of Melissa Penate, stands as a testament to our dedication to promoting a vibrant, active lifestyle while encapsulating the essence of our rich culture. Our mission is simple yet profound: to empower women to embrace their inner strength and confidence through stylish and comfortable activewear. Every design that bears the Meli & Lore name is a reflection of the passion we have for celebrating our beautiful culture and empowering women on their journey toward health and wellness.

List any of your achievements.: Masters of Public Administration, Liberty University – 2022 Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing, Georgia Gwinnett College, -2015 La Jeffa League Graduate, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – 2023 Journey GYP Leadership Institute Graduate, Gwinnett Young Professionals – 2021 Advanced Management Certificate, Masters Education Management Development Program, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA – 2020 Certified City Clerk, International Institute of Municipal Clerks – 2020 Georgia Certified Clerk, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA – 2017 MEOC Municipal Election Certification, Georgia Secretary of State – 2023

Fun fact about yourself.: I love singing. As a teenager, I was offered a country record deal but didn’t take it because back then I wasn’t a fan of the music.

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