Ready to create the income, impact, and autonomy you dream of?

Your life aligned business starts here with our Business Academy

For PhDs ready to turn their knowledge and passions into impact and income.

Hey Doc!

You are meant for so much more!

Academia has you overworked and underpaid, and it’s got you dreaming of a different path.

What once seemed like the perfect career with intellectual stimulation, travel, and your own schedule now feels more like a soul-crushing punishment.

All around you are burnt-out academics, sticking it out until they get tenure. 

The increased publishing demands, combined with unrealistic service requirements are pushing academics to their limits. 

You’ve lost your love for knowledge.  

The spark is gone. 

The idea of doing this year after year feels depressing.

You put so much into earning your PhD and you want to utilize it. 

So, you have big plans of building a thriving business, leveraging your skills and abilities. 

A business that will give you intellectual, location, financial and time freedom.

You dream of a life that brings you prosperity and well-being.  

All your training so far has been for a career in academia. 

They didn’t teach you in your PhD program how to build a business. It feels overwhelming. 

How will you get clients? What price should you charge? How will you promote your offers in a way that feels good?

How will you balance starting your business with your other commitments?  

That’s where our Business Academy comes in.

Gain clarity, confidence and a clear path forward with the Business Academy!

I felt paralyzed and anxious by all the decisions I felt I needed to make while also afraid of making the wrong ones. Mel had me dig deep and got me thinking about what my actual goals were and what I truly wanted from my business. She kept me on track and held me accountable. During our coaching I’ve gained a level of confidence I haven’t felt in a long time. It’s coming through in my interactions with my clients and my daily choices. I have seen massive growth because of time spent with Mel.
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“I’m ready to turn my knowledge and passion into a successful business…

I just don’t know how to do it.”

So many PhDs have the passion, subject knowledge, and work ethic to create a successful online business… yet they struggle.

They don’t have the training or the confidence to take the next step.

And why would they?

Academia doesn’t train you to leverage your PhD.

They are frustrated, fearful and feel like their education is a curse that makes them overqualified for most jobs and underqualified for academia.

Sound familiar? If so, keep reading.

Looking for support, guidance, focus, and encouragement to achieve your dream of a profitable business?

What is the Business Academy?

The Leveraged PhD Business Academy is an immersive 12-week business foundations program. 

It shows you exactly how to build your dream knowledge-based business. With one-on-one coaching sessions, easy to follow tutorials, actionable steps, and accountability, it is specifically designed to ensure results (without sacrificing your well-being).

You will tap into your potential and build a strong base for your continued business success.

The THRIVE Method

This isn’t like other business development programs that present a ridged cookie-cutter approach to creating a business. The Leveraged PhD’s thrive method is specifically designed to overcome your unique frustrations as a PhD turned entrepreneur. 

The thrive method focuses on building a business around you! We incorporate your values and the impact you desire. 

There is no ‘busy’ culture here. Your business success will not come at the expense of your well-being, in fact, quite the opposite. By consciously designing your business to align with your goals, you will gain both financial and lifestyle freedom.

The THRIVE method is about holistic growth. We will work on your mindset, develop your strategy and support you to take action. You’ll gain clarity, confidence and direction that will supercharge your business growth. 


Strong foundations create sustainable long term freedom. You will break through your limiting beliefs and gain confidence in your ability to build a 6 figure business. 

You will also develop clarity around your goals for your lifestyle, income and impact. 


Create a business model that will provide you with financial and lifestyle freedom. 

Develop your offer, brand strategy, and define your target market. A comprehensive, aligned marketing strategy that suits your skills and personality. 


All the mindset and strategy in the world won’t achieve anything without action. 

You will implement your strategy with guidance and accountability. 

1:1 Coaching


Structured training resources

The Leveraged PhD Business Academy will fast-track your journey from academic to successful entrepreneur by giving you the mindset, strategy and implementation support to reach your goals!

The sky is the limit when you join The Leveraged PhD’s Business Academy 

Here's my Invitation

I’m Mel. A business professor turned online entrepreneur.

My story began when I returned to work after 12 weeks of leave and was punished for not publishing enough. I was ‘encouraged’ to publish anything/anywhere as quickly as I could so that the department could meet its metrics… I was tired of doing work with no impact, and I wanted to use my skills and knowledge for good to positively impact society.

So, I handed in my resignation, finished out the academic year and started my own business. That business allowed me to move back to my home country, pursue projects that brought me joy (rather than just ticking boxes), and have a real impact on the world.  My kids get to grow up with their grandparents and cousins, and I have a lifestyle that I love.

I now have a thriving, lifestyle aligned business, and I want to help you do that too.

  • Are you ready to massively reduce the overwhelm by getting clear on the exact next steps?
  • Are you ready to gain momentum as we work together to create a strong, lifestyle aligned business foundation?

If this sounds like you, but you still aren’t sure if the Business Academy is for you book a discovery call now and let’s meet for a free, relaxed call to make sure that it is the right fit for you.

I was feeling really lost and stressed with my business, and wasn't sure what actions to take to get out of my rut.
Mel was fantastic at helping me change my mindset from defeatist to positive and productive.

100% recommend her services!
Rebecca Sweet

Your high-touch, high-success Business Academy includes 12 weeks of

Personalized 1:1 Coaching

  • Weekly 45 minute Coaching Call [Value $3150]
  • On-Demand Voice and Direct Messaging [Value $2400]


On-Demand Education 

  • Core program [Value $1500]
  • Digital Vault of bonus blueprints and training [Value $500]

This program is worth over $7550. 

And you get access to ALL of it for only



3 monthly payments of


What’s next?


  1. Click ‘I’m ready to leveraged my PhD’
  2. Choose a payment option that suits you
  3. Checkout and jump straight into the Business Academy portal
  4. Start leveraging your PhD!

Few more questions?

  1. Click ‘book another call to discuss your questions’
  2. Choose and confirm a time to meet.