Mission


Providing Opportunities to Women through Education and Resources.


Women are the creative force with boundless untapped potential. 

Power Starts Here (PSH) is here to empower women, to embolden a chance at life and to pursue their dreams; no matter their unique story.


We're an organization created by women for women in the greater Chicago area. We  support emerging women with knowledge and resources needed to be your own greatest champion. Together with both men and women we cultivate potential, inspire creative ideas and ignite transformative change.


We join forces with strategic business partners who are committed to our mission, actively participate in our programs and are dedicated to - equal opportunity - advancement of women in our community, workplace – and the world.


About The Founders

Melonie Danford

When Mel isn't managing portfolio valuations at a private equity firm; she's leading the way at PSH with her warm heart & financial prowess. 

Nikki Dhuper

Nikki is as versatile as the industries she's worked in. She brings with her an enthusiastic, tenacious spirit and strategic marketing expertise to PSH.

Annie Sharma

Annie, a seasoned digital project manager, foodpreneur, and rambunctious storyteller is weaving her latest initiative at PSH; empowering women one byte at a time.