About Melanie S. Griffin

Melanie S. Griffin, Founder

Melanie is a triple-graduate of The Florida State University (Business Finance, 2003; MBA, 2006; JD, 2006). Her entrepreneurial skills were honed for thirteen years at the Dean Mead corporate law firm where she served as a law clerk and then attorney from 2006 – 2019, the last five years of which she was an Equity Shareholder and the Managing Partner of Dean Mead’s Tampa Office. During her legal career, Melanie was recognized as Florida’s Most Productive Young Lawyer (2009), Super Lawyers Rising Star (Business Litigation 2010-19), Florida Trend Legal Elite (Up & Comer 2010-14, Commercial Litigation 2014-18), TBBJ BusinessWoman of the Year Legal Services Finalist (2016), FSU Notable Nole (2016), Tampa Bay Metro Inspiring Woman in Business (2016-17), FSU College of Business Recent Alumni Achievement Award (2017), and Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation 2017-19).

Despite the forgoing achievements, like many women, for several years, Melanie struggled with the fear of failure, inability to believe in herself, perfectionism, and additional issues related to what is often referred to as “impostor syndrome.” Thankfully, as a result of significant mentorship and the desire to learn to be her best self, Melanie proactively changed her negative behavior and became determined to help others do the same. In 2017, she created Spread Your Sunshine, her then passion project committed to empowering others with the confidence to break the glass ceiling and achieve their dreams. After two years of experiencing the excitement over and need for the #ShineItForward movement, Melanie dedicated herself to Spread Your Sunshine full-time in 2019. Today, she is intentionally focused on inspiration of joy in and encouragement of others.

Melanie’s success shining others through the glass ceiling to their most audacious dreams was celebrated through her receipt of the TBBJBusinessWoman of the Year Angie’s Award (2016), GSWCF Woman of Promise Award (2017), FSU Inspire Award (2017), Florida Bar YLD Outstanding Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award (2018), KNOW Tampa feature (2018), and The Best of KNOW feature (2019). Melanie is happiest when she is building up all those around her, including her husband Mike, son Maverick, and Golden Lab Molly.



Adriana Guerra, Chief Administrator

In 2018, Spread Your Sunshine grew with the addition of its Chief Administrator, Adriana Guerra. More information about Adriana and her talented skillset is forthcoming.