"I remember when we first met! I was so impressed with you and your drive to succeed. I told you to stay focused and keep going and you are doing it. I know how challenging entrepreneurship can be, but your accomplishments say it all. Gratitude, humility, empathy, and support go a long way. I can see that your clients, team members, and friends truly celebrate your success just as I do."
-Donna Hughes, Senior Account Manager, OUTFRONT Media
"When I hear you speak and see you operate all I witness is professionalism at its best! Truth of someone knowing what to do in any situation to shine even if darkness is creeping in. Thank you for deciding to come aboard with CFLS and working with us in making our light shine even brighter!"
-Diane Carter-Bryant, Community Health Worker, Community Family Life Services
"It has been my pleasure to work with Melanie Bates Consulting, LLC. Melanie is the consummate professional and at the same time, a joy to work with. She provided invaluable guidance, demonstrated expertise and created the right content to support the launch of a social media advertising campaign for a civil rights litigation project near and dear to me. I highly recommend Melanie Bates Consulting, LLC."
-Karen E. Evans, Esq.
"I want to thank you for all you do and the time and thought you give to the Speakers Bureau women. It's invaluable."
-Katherine Sponaugle, Director of Reentry & Victim Services
Community Family Life Services
"Thank you for your willingness to work with me on establishing the SGI focus and brand. You have been quite generous with your time and expertise. I’m very excited, and know there will be success with your professional input. You are a blessing."
-Cynthia Swann, JD, MD, President and CEO, Swann Group International, LLC
"Working with Melanie was a godsend. She jumped right into managing the organization's external communications, including curating and drafting the email and social media calendar. Her strategic counsel also supported me while navigating important issues facing our internal and external audiences. Very grateful to have worked with Melanie!"
-Clare Bresnahan English, President & CEO, New Leaders Council
"Really, I am the one that owes you all the thanks and praise! The session was awesome. Your commitment to excellence and attention to detail was shining through every element of the program. I enjoyed seeing our Fellows being so engaged and the addition of the Office of Police Complaints, officer, and attorney, really added a layer of authenticity to the conversation. Please extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the guests that joined you. I couldn't have asked for a better event!"
-Ivan C. Douglas, Jr., The Literacy Lab
"Thank you so much for everything you did to make the RAN Communications Training the huge success that it was! I have heard nothing but nice things about the training and what attendees learned. I saw that very impressive binder you put together, and in a post-training survey one participant even mentioned how helpful that binder will be in their future advocacy endeavors."
-Casey Anderson, Council for Court Excellence
"Thank you so much for your work during the criminal justice convening last week. Your notes are incredible. Honestly this is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen!"
-Duy Pham, Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
"My staff loved your training and thought you were 'phenomenal.' They mentioned how empowered they feel about testifying and making the voice of CFLS heard. So thank you very much."
-Ashley McSwain, Executive Director, Community Family Life Services
"Thank you again for your sharing your knowledge with the young men. It is my hope that while I am in front of them that I positively influence them as much as I can; I know today’s presentation contributed to that." -Dr. Antwan Perry, DC Public Schools
“If you work with young people, please, please, please consider having Atty. Melanie Bates come and complete her know your rights presentation/training! It could literally be the difference of them walking away from a police encounter versus something more tragic. After the countless stories we’ve witnessed in recent years and the recent film, when they see us, her training could not be more timely.” -Dr. Antwan Perry, DC Public Schools
"Thanks for all your hard work. Your social media prowess is really working!!!!"-Bernetta Hayes, Director, Pre-Law Program Operations, Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO)
"Thank you so much for moderating our event, the Effects of Mass Incarceration on the African American Community this past Saturday. You did an amazing job. Your expertise, experience and passion were an invaluable addition to the panel. On behalf of the Washington Bar Association Knowledge is Power Committee, thanks again!"
"Melanie is phenomenal. She has served with distinction on the Advisory Board of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop for the past several years. Melanie’s unwavering dedication to serving D.C.'s incarcerated youth is truly remarkable." -Tara Libert, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
"I have entrusted Melanie to handle a wide variety of projects for me. I continue to be impressed by her superior work ethic and professionalism." -Mitch Brooks, Owner, The Urbane Group, LLC
"Melanie Bates Consulting, LLC has been a critical member of my team and has been essential to take our opportunities to the next level."
-Andrew M. Lee, Principal, Plwatcher Media Group, LLC
“I took up a lot of responsibility - helping you develop social media messaging, revise the website, and more. All of these have been amazing learning experiences for me. In addition to the formal internship, I’m so grateful for having you as a mentor. Good luck in all of your future endeavors, and thank you, for such a rewarding internship experience.”
-Christine Sun, B.S. Candidate, Georgetown University and MBC's Inaugural Intern
"Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. I am grateful for people like you who continue to speak on the injustices to people in the criminal justice system and people of color."
-Marla Bautista, Author, Writer, Speaker
"You turn ideas into tangible outcomes. That is a valuable skill. Thank you for your guidance and support."
“I am about to jump up and down and sing and shout. I just listened to the radio interview and I saw you on FOX 5 news. I am so proud and happy for you. I see the predictions I had for you are coming true. I am so excited for you. Now the masses will see what I have always known about you. You were created to fight for and to obtain justice for those who cannot fight for themselves. You are a blessing to us all.”
"I have been Melanie’s mentor for nearly 10 years. Melanie has a strong service orientation and has dedicated her career to giving back to underserved communities."
-Kirra L. Jarratt
"I had the pleasure of serving as one of Melanie’s law school professors in a seminar-style course. She excelled then and has continued to achieve success throughout her career, rising rapidly in public service in the uber-competitive environment of our nation's capital, and for all the right reasons. She is eminently competent in her field and stands as a game-changing administrator."
-Amos Jones, Esq., Interim President & CEO, Hepatitis Foundation International
"I supervised Melanie in her role as President of the North Carolina Central University School of Law Innocence Project®. She relates well to all types of people and is delightful to work with."
-Page Potter, Former Director, North Carolina Central University School of Law Pro Bono Program
"Melanie was instrumental to my success as a first-year law student. She gave me extremely valuable advice on the law school application process and continues to provide guidance as I matriculate through school."
-Diamond Wade, JD Candidate, Florida A&M University College of Law