Plain Language Awards

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Melissa Kargiannakis

Judge: Best Plain English Turnaround

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Award-winning CEO of skritswap, Toronto, Canada

Melissa Kargiannakis is the Founder and CEO of skritswap — a start-up that replaces complex jargon with easy-to-understand, plain language.

Melissa exemplifies tenacity, grit, and impressive intellectual horsepower. She gracefully balances both approachable vulnerability with never-ending strength. Melissa brings the zest and charm to any conversation.

Melissa has won the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, an award from the Queen of England, and the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies in Canada. She’s been leading teams for the last decade from her university dorm room to Silicon Valley today.

Multi-talented, Melissa has published Master’s research on health tech, sings opera, and snowboards.​

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