Artists & Makers Week: A Conversation with Gabrielle Melchionda

April 7, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us Wednesday, April 7, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, for a special virtual keynote session with Gabrielle Melchionda, owner of Mad Gab’s.

A lifelong writer and storyteller, Gabrielle will talk about her personal relationship with inspiration and share how she pursues inspiration each day while running her 28-year-old business. The company’s tagline, “Creating joy and soothing skin,” reflects Gab’s values of bringing creativity, joy, and self-care into her work and personal life.

Throughout her journey, Gab has learned many lessons that she’ll share with us, and we’ll also learn how she is bringing creative practices to her work and how she works on her creative life at home—all while running a successful business, mentoring employees, raising kids, and engaging in communities to support other women and young girls.


Gabrielle Melchionda
Owner, Mad Gab’s  

Gabrielle Melchionda is a reluctant entrepreneur who fell into business while studying anthropology when she was 19.  She began making lip balm and selling it out of her car and launching the company Mad Gab’s, using beeswax from a neighbor. From the beginning, Gab’s approach to business has been wholistic. Today, Mad Gab’s works with retailers including LL Bean, Hannaford, and Wegmans as well as countless independent stores across the country.

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