Melanie Hoffner


“Empowering people to live more of their passions with their best brains as the CEO’s of their own lives!” is Melanie Hoffner’s personal mission.

For over 25 years, people across ages, professions, and countries have enjoyed “WOW!” insights and experiences with Melanie’s award-winning training facilitation, speaking and coaching. She currently contributes professionally as People Development Specialist with her business, Brain Bonanza LLC. She has presented at local and national conferences with an emphasis on brain-based learning/training, accountability, emotional intelligence, leadership, and living your passions!

Melanie is a lifelong learner with passions for the brain and the learning process. Among her certifications, Melanie is a Certified Brain-Based Trainer, which supports her commitment to apply neuroscience to create successful outcomes with the clients and organizations she serves. She most recently earned certification as a Remarkable Leadership Coach.

She is a long-time member of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and the Hawkeye ATD chapter, currently serving on the chapter board as President-Elect. In October 2014, she was selected to present, “Leading with the Brain in Mind” at the Association for Talent Development’s Leadership Conference and shortly after, was invited to be a contributing author in the ATD Science of Learning Community.

Melanie also volunteers with the Central City Fine Arts and Athletic Boosters and serves as President of the Fine Arts Boosters. During the summer of 2014, she facilitated a free community learning strategies series, “Play to Win!” for 7-12 grade students.

You can connect with Melanie on LinkedIn ( ), follow her on Twitter @BrainBonanza (#brainboost), and listen to her podcast, SPARK (

Finally, she is grateful to her husband, Tom, and son, Alex, who support her to live her passions!



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