Motivation & Achievement Concepts

A Career Development Company


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Melissa Anne Cunningham

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Motivation & Achievement Concepts is the culmination of a lifetime of work, education, personal struggles, and a need to help raise up hard working people in today’s uncertain economy.

Over 12 years of Specialized Workshop Leadership, Coaching, and Training in tandem with a developing career in Program Management, Sales, and Accounting & Finance created the corporation that now serves you. I hold an MBA Specializing in Finance and a BS from USC, Columbia in Exercise Science, with a minor in Business/Economics. In the midst of attaining these degrees and my successful career progression, I began to see the parallels between Money and Health, and Personal and Professional Attainment of Goals through quantifiable and measurable steps.

In 1997, I was diagnosed with ITP, a mimic of Leukemia. While laying in critical care, I remember my mother telling me to “Please act sick. The Doctors aren’t taking you seriously.” I knew I was very ill. However, I did not feel sick. My sophomore year of undergrad, my oncologist had to tell me that “with experimental narcotics, I can possibly sustain your life up to 2 years.” Between my natural tenacity, support of my family and community, and appeals to a higher power, I never skipped a beat. The diagnosis was reversed a few days later, and I was off on a veracious path of successful self discovery that you can now benefit from. Almost exactly one year later, I was bench-pressing 180lbs and in the best shape of my life. The voice in your head saying “you can’t do it” is a liar.

The MAC Approach defines my approach toward life, career, health and wellness, financial understanding, and a work/life balance that can not only make you better, but uplift those around you. I learned discipline and humility through my 25+ years as a Classically Trained Violinist where I recorded 3 albums with various artists. I was able to assist individuals with drive, passion, and reward through my time as a Certified Personal Trainer (inactive) in the fitness industry. I was trained by the top 2 programs in the country:

NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)

ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)

I spent my early career in non-profit program management where I learned ideas are great, but they are meaningless without action. Money does not grow on trees, but it can be the medium by which miracles happen. The information and tools for your success are all around you. You simply have to ask.

During my stent in Public Accounting, I learned it is not just a matter of understanding the numbers. It is knowing how to communicate them to your clients. I took this talent to Robert Half International, the oldest specialized staffing firm in the world, and #1 on Forbes 500 listing of Companies by Industry. As the Branch Manager, I valued every second of my experience with this great company. Their “Ethics First” motto permeated our daily operations as they train you in one of the best sales and customer service systems available today.

As an Adjunct Professor USC Upstate’s Johnson School of Business, “The George”, these tenants can be heard throughout my management curriculum. At other colleges, I teach Finance and Career Development reiterating that the classroom is no longer inside 4 walls and one text book. There are no excuses for lack of access to information or mentors in today’s society.

So how can we really help you? As an employee, what is your Return On Investment? What makes and keeps you competitive? I have seen thousands of great people representing themselves with bad resumes. As a job seeker, a hiring manager, a business owner, and a staffing professional, I have seen interviews that feel like a very awkward first date. Professionals in the job market need to understand how to communicate their successes and be empowered during an interview rather than defeated.

As a professional who has had to earn Continuing Education Credits in order to retain a certification or license, I understand the mind-numbing hours of “enlightening information” that pass for Continuing Ed. The biggest challenge was staying awake. It does not have to be that way. Even a CPE on Tax Law for a CPA can be interesting, retainable, and a source of profit. Time is money, and you should not have to waste either in order to meet a numerical requirement. Continuing education should be useful, quality, relevant information that makes you and your business better.

It is time to think outside the box, as a job seeker, as a Professional, as a Manager, and as a productive member of society. Information has no value unless you know how to use it. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. It’s time to ask for help.


  • Business and Professional Women, Spartanburg Breakfast Chapter
    Chair of Equal Pay Day Celebration 2013
  • Business Network International, Eastside Spartanburg Chapter
    2012 – 2013 Chapter Vice President
    (Head of the Professional Education & Membership Teams)
  • Spartanburg Community College Business & Accounting Department Advisory Board Member
  • Spartanburg Downtown Association
    Business member; Motivation & Achievement Concepts
  • Spartanburg Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce)
  • Algebra I and II Tutor at the Urban League of the Upstate

Audiences Include:

  • NCACPA Members in Industry Conference, Asheville, NC
  • USC Upstate School of Business, The George
  • Spartanburg Methodist College’s Professional Development Class, Paralegal Program
  • Haywood Community College Department of Healthcare Business Informatics & Medical Office Administration, Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • OTO Development
  • IAAP Land of the Sky Chapter
  • WNC Chapter of CMAs
  • Spartanburg Jaycees
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