Founder and CEO of Chameleon Technologies
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
I am involved with IGNITE Worldwide because of my commitment to educating young women on the vast possibilities that exist from a career in STEM. I have seen first-hand the doors and opportunities in the tech industry and I want to continue sparking young minds. I want them to not be afraid but be brave and deviate from the norm. By being part of IGNITE, I am able to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of what STEM in the real-world is like – beyond school.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
IGNITE inspires me by showing me the difference we can make in the future if we educate and help foster young minds today. By giving them the tools and providing them with support, IGNITE enables students to make informed choices – choices that could lead them to making the world a better place.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
STEM is more than science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It provides tools of power and creativity and IGNITE embodies this very sentiment. I’d like the wider community to acknowledge how incredible it is when you provide students the ability to make their ideas and dreams come true.
MORE ABOUT MELISSA ACTON-BUZARD:
As the Founder and CEO of Chameleon Technologies, Melissa is focused on the growth and strategic vision of the company. Chameleon Technologies was established in 2000 and is known for providing superior service to our clients.
Chameleon Technologies has two distinct divisions of the company. One division focuses on IT and core engineering staffing. We staff contract, contract-to-hire, permanent/direct hire positions and manage project related work within well-known local brands across a variety of industries. The other division of our firm exclusively focuses on delivering solutions in the data services space. Our core areas of expertise fall within data analytics & BI, cloud services and IT infrastructure. We believe that by making data consumable and easier for you to understand, you can make better and informed decisions for your business. Not only do we hope to solve your problems but also optimize and automate the way in which you do so. We make data accessible for you and your business.
Melissa supports the business community through her volunteering and board commitments. She currently participates in the City of Kirkland's Business Roundtable and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. She serves as a Board member and co-chair for the Consulting and Business Development Center (CBDC) for the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. Melissa also resides on the Board for Attain Housing, which is helping fight homelessness on the Eastside. In addition to these commitments, Melissa is actively involved with IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution) Worldwide Washington, FIRST Robotics, 100% Talent, and The University of Washington Women’s Center.
During her time away from work, Melissa is drawn to helping organizations that help people through strife, primarily focusing on youth and children. She has been a volunteer wish granter with the Make-A-Wish foundation, an organization she is very passionate about, since 2005. Melissa currently lives in Kirkland with her husband, Ryan, her daughter, Olivia and their Havanese pup, Maui.
For more information on Melissa and Chameleon Technologies, please visit: www.chameleontechinc.com