The Woman of Courage Award recognizes an inspirational, impactful and courageous leader who has made significant contributions to their industry and community.
Melvin, who currently serves as SC Ports’ chief operating officer, will become SC Ports’ CEO on July 1, marking the first woman to lead a top 10 U.S. operating container port.
In 2018, Melvin became the port’s first chief operating officer. As COO, Melvin oversees the daily operations of the port, including managing a team of nearly 800 people who consistently handle record-breaking cargo volumes.
Melvin leads major infrastructure projects, such as the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project, which gives Charleston the deepest harbor on the East Coast at 52 feet.
Melvin sees growth at SC Ports as making a generational impact on South Carolina, with port operations creating 1 in 10 jobs throughout the state.
Melvin’s leadership also extends into the community. She helped launch SC Ports’ Community Giving Program, an annual grant program that supports nonprofits around the state. As a Liberty Fellow graduate, she created the Inspirational Pathways program at Sanders Clyde Elementary School in Charleston. She serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including for Trident United Way and the American Heart Association.
Melvin is the second person to receive the Women of Courage Award. Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, was the 2020 recipient.
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