Dr. Melissa Furman is the founder of Career Potential, LLC and has a passion for helping individuals with career, professional, and leadership development. Her research and training expertise include: generational diversity, unconscious bias, career development, women’s leadership, and assisting technical professionals transition into management roles. She has provided individual coaching and organizational consulting services to corporate, non-profit, and government organizations including John Deere, Savannah River National Lab, Club Car, Electrolux, Augusta University Health, State of Georgia, and many more.
Dr. Furman currently serves as a faculty member at the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, Dr. Furman served as the Assistant Dean of the Hull College of Business for 10 years and also served in multiple roles at prior universities such as Johns Hopkins University, The University of Georgia, and Emory University.
Dr. Furman was recently awarded “Faculty Member of the Year” by the Augusta University Student Government Association, designated as a “Top 10 in 10 Young Professional to Watch” by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, and nominated for Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40”.
Dr. Furman obtained her Doctorate of Business degree and Masters of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Susquehanna University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and has obtained certifications in DISC, Motivators, EQi (Emotional Intelligence), Leadership Values Index (LVI), Strong Interest Inventory, and CareerLeader assessments.
Dr. Furman lives in Augusta, GA with her husband Christopher and her cat Miss Molly. She comes from a large Italian family with her roots grounded in New Jersey at the “Jersey Shore”. She enjoys spending vacation time at the beach and enjoys hobbies such as crafting, sewing, and anything creative.