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TalkSession is a growing online network of leading mental health professionals. It was created with the mission to make mental healthcare universally accessible, affordable, and acceptable. The healthcare system is undergoing massive changes and also has deep inefficiencies.  As payment models evolve, there is an enormous opportunity to create social and economic returns through integration of behavioral health through telemedicine.  TalkSession has created the foundation, team and technology to do so.

Currently, TalkSession is deploying several pilots in various settings, is involved in clinical trials, and is fundraising. TalkSession is based in New York, always in the market for awesome new talent, and has a core team who is dedicated to creating impactful change to the broken healthcare system.

Melissa Thompson ’05BC, ’11BUS is the Founder and CEO of TalkSession. In 2013, Melissa was named a “Healthcare Transformer,” by GE & Startup Health Academy and was selected for Springboard Enterprises’ Life Sciences Accelerator. Melissa holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BA in Economics from Barnard, and studied international business and Chinese at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. Previously, Melissa was an analyst at Goldman Sachs. She has also worked in digital marketing and technology strategy for clients that included the United Nations, G2 Investments, Chanel, Forbes Magazine, The Weinstein Company, Publicis, and the New York Stock Exchange. Melissa is a proud member of 37Angels – a community of women angel investors, a Board Advisor to the Flawless Foundation – a non-profit organization focused on improving education around neurodevelopment, and on the Board of Directors of The Center for Healthcare Innovation, Women in Healthcare and Life Sciences.