As general counsel for CBIZ, Nancy Mellard helps to support her company’s work providing accounting, insurance and other services to businesses. She also created a professional network for the women in her company, providing professional development, talent management and national community outreach. Mellard’s off-duty work includes serving on the board of directors for the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
Excelling within the legal profession over the last 37 years as a female attorney and successfully positioning my career over those years using my strengths and learning from the many challenges I faced. In almost every instance, adversity was my greatest reason for success! Also, during the last 10 years of my career, as the national leader, I have built the CBIZ Women’s Advantage. Along with other leaders, we have built a strong and sustainable program to develop and advance women in all aspects of their careers.
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?
My father was a councilman in our mid-Missouri town of Glasgow for 23 years and then mayor for another seven years. Even though this was law and politics at a very small level, I was always intrigued by the challenges, and by the impact his decisions had on the community.
What is the best advice you have given or received?
I was given the advice early in my general counsel career to learn to “walk in the shoes” of the sales/business development associates. If I did not understand the revenue-generation aspect of the business, my counsel and guidance would not take into consideration all of the elements and balance of the business. Know the business you are in!
What is something that would surprise people about you?
Immediately after completing my undergraduate degree in English, I taught senior English, was the head coach for the junior varsity girls basketball team and the assistant coach for the varsity team! Basketball is my go-to sport to watch!
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be just like my dad! He was the most ethical person I will ever know! He never saw a person and thought “female/male.” He saw only potential and expected nothing less than your best.