Playing a Game You Can Win, and Other Lessons Learned From My Time on Reality TV

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Nov 10, 2013 Comments Off on Playing a Game You Can Win, and Other Lessons Learned From My Time on Reality TV

Online Webinar
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Melissa d’Arabian (MBA ’93) may be well known today as a celebrity chef and best-selling cookbook author, but what many don’t know is that she actually had a successful career in finance and strategy before becoming the stay-at-home mom and home cook who beat out thousands to win “The Next Food Network Star.” Now, like all busy working parents, she works diligently to balance her demanding career with life at home as a wife and a mom to four young daughters – all rooted in her faith.

In this webinar, Melissa will reveal the strategies she implemented to win the culinary competition show (Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t the cooking!), ones she feels can prove effective in myriad situations from career to family and beyond. Melissa will also discuss lessons learned from challenging life situations and how she now focuses everything through one very defined lens: advancing her personal life mission.

Melissa earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and her MBA from Georgetown University with a focus in International Business. She worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture Consulting), and then in corporate finance at The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, Calif., before moving to Paris to work for Euro Disney, leading the merchandise finance group. After meeting and marrying her husband Philippe, Melissa moved back to the United States and worked as a strategy and business consultant before becoming a stay-at-home home mom. Passionate about sharing her tried-and-true money-saving strategies with local women’s groups, Melissa competed on and won season five of “The Next Food Network Star,” and now hosts Food Network’s daytime cooking series “Ten Dollar Dinners” and Cooking Channel’s healthy lifestyle show “Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping.” She recently debuted “The Picky Eaters Project,” a first-of-its kind Food Network web series providing a strategic process for conquering common kids’ eating conundrums, and she also appears as a regular judge on Food Network’s new hit Guy’s Grocery Games. Her “Ten Dollar Dinners” inaugural cookbook debuted in August 2012 as an instant New York Times bestseller.

Cooking from a young age and always passionate about food, Melissa now pairs her varied culinary and life experiences including a successful career in business consulting and finance to provide achievable food lifestyle ideas and approachable recipes for all stages of life. Melissa and her family live in San Diego. Visit, and stay in touch with Melissa on Facebook and Twitter.

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