2016 40 Under 40: Melody Khodaverdian

Melody Khodaverdian Forbes Media

Melody Khodaverdian Forbes MediaMelody Khodaverdian 30, Director of Conference Partnerships Forbes Media, New York City

What I do: “I spearhead conference partnerships for eight of the Forbes conferences including Forbes Women’s Summit, Forbes Healthcare Summit and Forbes Under 30 Summit. I love bringing brands to life through activation opportunities, programming integrations and long-term partnerships.”

How she got here: Prior to joining Forbes, Khodaverdian, who speaks fluent Armenian, spent four years leading business development for Childhood Cancer Canada, which is the country’s leading nonprofit helping kids with cancer and their families. She also co-chaired TEDxToronto, Canada’s largest.

Superstar stats: Last year, Khodaverdian brought on 38 new sponsors to join Forbes summits. Her work also contributed to Forbes increasing event revenues worldwide by 15 percent last year.

Currently working on: “Our conferences are expanding with new, exciting themes and cities. I’m most excited about our Under 30 Summit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this April.”