Melva Tate lives by one rule: “Put in the work.”
She also recruits, coaches and owns an award-winning business according to the “PITW” rule. Melva’s been putting in the work for more than two decades, serving as the Director of HR & Administration for two start-up organizations, before launching her own company. She’s a radio personality, best-selling author, and a feature writer and contributor to leading newspapers and magazines including, HR Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Birmingham Business Journal. In 2008, Melva followed her dream and launched Tate & Associates, LLC. She manages three unique divisions: Strategic HR Partnerships, Career Touchdown and Melva Tate Speaks. The firm specializes in executive talent searches, human resource consulting, training and development, and career coaching to businesses, universities and nonprofit organizations. Tate & Associates’ success stories include clients like The United Way of Central Alabama, YWCA, YMCA, REV Birmingham, Mercedes Benz, Taziki’s Café, Birmingham Business Alliance, Birmingham Education Foundation, City of Irondale, City of Tuscaloosa, City of Tuskegee, Alabama Public Television, Miles College, and Alabama A&M University. But Melva believes that work must extend outside the office and into the community. As an activist, executive advisor, and often board member, she volunteers her time and energy with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, Alabama Workforce Development Council, Jefferson County Workforce Development Board, and Alabama Women In Business. She is the 2018 President for The Birmingham Women’s Network. She is also a past two-term president and current senior advisor for the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management and serves as the District 2 Director for ALSHRM – State Council. Putting in work like this leads to an impressive list of credentials, including a B.S. degree in Human Resource Management, an Executive MBA, Certified Life Coach and Professional in Human Resources certifications. It’s also earned Melva the BSHRM Leadership Excellence Award, recognition as one of Birmingham’s “Top 40 Under 40” Professionals and Best Minority Business Honoree by the Birmingham Business Journal, and Cox Media’s Best in Minority Business Winner. While Melva’s official title is Human Capital Strategist, she’s best described as a networking master and high-energy coach. Her passion is seeing people and companies flourish, and she is driven to nurture dreams and cultivate relationships. While paying clients keep the lights on, Melva also accepts the currency of handshakes, hugs, and Facebook friend requests.