Advancing Your Career: Melissa Hinrichs

Core Competencies: Communications, Fiscal Management, Human Resource Development, Intercultural Proficiency, Leadership, Management, Planning
December 3 – December 6, 2013
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla.

Becoming a Strengths-Based Leader: How Strengths Impact the Wellbeing and Achievements of Our Team

Melissa Hinrichs, Director of Strengths Education, Gallup

Melissa HinrichsThe key to unlocking the potential of ourselves and our teams is not doing everything differently, rather it's putting more effort into fewer priorities to do them better. How can you intentionally impact the wellbeing and success of your team through a strengths based lens? Through this session you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship of strengths-based leadership and the construct of engagement
  • Understand the impact of strengths and engagement on relationship building, individual motivation, achievement, and productivity
  • Create partnerships that support strengths-based thinking and accelerate the performance of the each person within your team by applying concepts of hope and strengths to your planning, goal setting, and relationships.

Melissa Hinrichs is the director of strengths education at Gallup, Inc. She currently partners with school districts, colleges, and universities to implement strengths, selection, and engagement programming. She leads the Gallup Education Consortium, helping schools across the United States to impact the hope, engagement, wellbeing, and achievement of students, staff, and faculty. She is committed to identifying opportunities for individuals to become strengths-based leaders who maximize their own talents and those of others each day.

Prior to rejoining Gallup in 2006, Hinrichs was a regional publishing representative with Pearson Education and was a consultant for a human capital management consulting firm. With 17 years of study and experience in strengths development she has advised education, hospitality, retail, and service industry executives and management groups in the areas of employee selection and development, productivity, succession planning, customer loyalty, and retention.

Hinrichs received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She and her husband, Kris, and their two children live in Omaha, Neb.

If you have never done so, we invite you to take part in the Clifton StrengthsFinder to gain the most optimal experience in your sessions at the Women's Leadership Institute. Gallup has generously provided complimentary access codes to this inventory for registrants who have not participated before. Once you register for the program, please contact Michelle Smith for instructions on the inventory.

If you have previously participated in StrengthsFinder, you do not need to retake. Please bring your past results or list of Top 5 strengths with you to Florida. If you are new to Clifton StrengthsFinder, or just need a quick refresher, we encourage you to listen to this introductory webinar, which will provide you with a great foundation to kick start your learning and application of your talents to your goals and success. If you have any questions before we are together this December, please email Melissa at

Updated Oct. 8, 2013