She has a strong track record of success in public relations, cause marketing and special events programming. In addition to her “day job,” where she assists and inspires people through their life transitions, she is also the coordinating director for Dr. Glory Van Scott Productions, and has acted as special assistant to the legendary Katherine Dunham.
iforcolor had the opportunity to interview Ms. McGant. This is what she shared with us about her career and life experience:
Dale – What experiences brought you to your present spiritual awareness and ministry?
Melony – As a teen, young adult, and professional in Pittsburgh, I worked on both local, state and national political campaigns. I spent four years in the United States navy. Upon my return to Pittsburg at the age of twenty three, at the age of 23, I was appointed as an NAACP board member, served on the Human Rights Dinner Committee, was editor of the NAACP News, and hosted a weekly NAACP radio talk show. I relocated to West Virginia to complete my studies, and later to Washington where I was awarded an internship and hired as assistant to the fundraiser for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. I was mentored by Parren Mitchell, and many other soldiers in the struggle for equity in America.
Dale – What advise or message do you have for young people?
Melony – Each and every person has a gift. Discover your gift. Use your gifts. Share your gifts with the world. You will probably discover that you have many gifts. For instance, in life I have learned to be patient, sincere, kind, and responsible. I believe in listening, and in providing support or encouragement to every individual. My strengths include being detail oriented, a team player, and the ability to motivate other humans as they expand their horizons. I love people of all cultures. They inspire me, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with them.
Hope is one kind word held deeply in the Collective Heart of Humanity and filled with billions of positive actions that lead to what the Future can birth and manifest when you have Faith!”
Melony McGant is also an Interfaith Minister, a professional storyteller and primary author of the new spiritual poetry collection The Healing Adagio: A Love Symphony in Five Parts and the novel Sunshine & Olivier: A Parable of Love. Her poetry is included in several anthologies, including The Book of Hope and The World Book of Healing (both by Beyond Borders Press), and Go Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to Michelle Obama (SUNY Press).
Among other accomplishments, Melony McGant wrote Toujour Bleu, a play on the life of Katherine Dunham that opened the Reading Series at the National Black Theatre Festival in 2007, and wrote the poetry for the poetry and dance drama, The Gift of the Lamban which was choreographed by Michelle Murray and performed at Miami Dade College in 2009.
As a communications consultant in the 90’s, Melony acted as 25th Anniversary Coordinator for the Hill House Association in Pittsburgh, PA and was responsible for planning and executed a week of major agency benefits events, as well as scripting/producing a 12 minute video and public service announcements. As president of McGant Broadus Inc., a marketing firm she co-founded with Stephan Broadus in Pittsburgh, PA, she and her team created a multi-cultural education marketing campaign celebrating diversity in Pittsburgh Public Schools which received a Gold Medallion Award from the National School Educators Association.
Her firm, McGant Broadus Inc. also created the first nationally circulated brochures and posters for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (AOC, University of Pittsburgh) targeted to African Americans and historically medically under served communities. She has worked with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation to increase awareness on immunizations, and produced the 20th anniversary appearance of Grammy Award winner Sweet Honey and The Rock to a Pittsburgh audience. Other clients have included The Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation, Anheuser Busch Companies, The Carnegie, Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense And Education Fund, PNC Corporation, Pittsburgh Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Partnerships For Family Support, Pittsburgh Branch NAACP, The Urban Redevelopment Authority Of Pittsburgh, The University Of Pittsburgh, etc.
Previous to that Melony McGant worked at AMACOM BOOKS (American Management Association, New York, NY) as a publicist. There she developed and implemented direct sales/marketing promotional activities for sales conferences, corporate sales, special sales and national trade shows. Projected, analyzed and tracked yearly budget of 2.4 million for trade books and coordinated national media tours for lead book authors, including Robert Tomasko, (Downsizing) and secured media placements in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Library Journal, Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, etc. for Steven Fink (Crisis Management), John Guaspari (I Know It When I See It), Tara Madden (Women vs. Women), Joel Makower (Trendwatching), etc.
Melony McGant was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after four years of service. She received a Regents Bachelor of Arts in Radio & Television from Marshall University, in Huntington, W.VA in 1982. She graduated as Interfaith Minister from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in June 2008.