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Melissa McCormick

Born: Rockford, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: McCormick attended elementary school in Loves Park and graduated from Harlem High School in Machesney Park. She received an MBA from Northern Illinois University and currently lives in Roscoe.

Biography: Melissa McCormick spent over thirty years navigating corporate America from entry-level to executive at Taylor Company in Rockton, IL, a foodservice equipment manufacturer. Currently, she is the founder and CEO of the Grace & Salt Leadership Academy and is the author of the leadership book, Grace & Salt. She is a faith-based career coach, speaker, trainer, and author. Melissa is a member of the Rockton-Roscoe Rotary Club, Rotary District 6420 Public Image Chair, and Rotary District 6420 District Governor-Designate for the 2025 – 2026 Rotary year. She is a director on several boards and is a member of the mission committee at Northeast Christian Church in Rockford, IL.

  • Other Awards Stateline Women in Business Honoree 2020; Better Business Bureau Torch Award for business ethics 2021; Rotarian of the Year 2022.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Grace & Salt: 12 Biblical Lessons to Transform You and Your Team into Better Leaders

MX3 Business Solutions 2022

Tired of going to workday-in and day-out doing the same thing?Want to do more with your life?Want to be a leader who impacts those around you and leaves a legacy?If you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, then Grace & Salt is what you need.Join seasoned entrepreneur and business coach Melissa McCormick, MBA & MS-OL, as she leads you on a journey of self-discovery. Through 12 Bible-based leadership lessons, you’ll encounter proven leadership strategies applicable to both experienced and entry-level leaders.You’ll also learn how to survive the chaos of leadership and avoid burnout while creating a culture where people want to work, grow, and thrive.Inside this jam-packed and easy-to-read book, you’ll find practical exercises, activities, and bonuses that will guide you to the start of a personal and organizational transformation.Now is the time to become a Grace & Salt leader of freedom and leave behind a life of stress, struggles, and being stuck. Get this book now and transform your professional life forever.