Mellissa Tong | NAWBO
2020 to 2022
Board of Directors
Chair - Membership
DuckPunk Productions, Inc.

Ms. Tong is an Award-winning Storyteller and Founder/CCO of a creative marketing and content production company, DuckPunk Productions, Inc. DuckPunk produces TV Commercials, Branded Content, as well as Independent Feature Films and Documentaries. DuckPunk works with Fortune 500s and some of their clients are Nissan, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Walmart, California Department of Health, and CBS, just to name a few. DuckPunk has won many awards for their work, such as the Clio, Addy, Telly, and many more, including Best of Business in Video Production for six consecutive years since 2012.

Ms. Tong has over twenty-five years of both in-front-of and behind-the-camera experience. She began her career as a News Anchor/Reporter/Producer at the International Channel in Los Angeles, one of the first satellite TV stations in the US. Aside from anchoring the news, she was also producing a daily 5-min human interest segment, where she covered stories ranging from beauty, technology, science, health, to movie premieres, red carpet events, and Star Trek Conventions, etc. During the four years at the station, she interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life and covered over 1,200 stories. Later, she took her storytelling skills to the fiction side and worked on a primetime CBS drama called Martial Law before founding DuckPunk in 2000.

Aside from running DuckPunk, Ms. Tong is also a public speaker and trainer. She recently spoke at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office in October 2019 to a select group of marketing elites about how to apply storytelling in business to drive sales. She has also spoken and held seminars and workshops for SoCalGas, San Diego Gas & Electric, NAWBO, eWomen Network, and other professional organizations. She also does media training for executives and entrepreneurs on “How to be a RockStar on camera,” communicating their message and expertise effectively, authentically, and confidently.

Aside from work-for-hire, Ms. Tong believes in giving back and does pro-bono work for Wells Bring Hope, a non-profit that drills wells in Niger, West Africa, so women and girls don’t have to walk miles to bring water back to their villages. She went to Niger in March 2018, and documented people’s lives in several different villages, some with wells and some without. The videos she made helped them raise 1/3 more money and drilling 13 more wells, freeing the girls from their water-carrying duties so they could go to school and get educated.

Ms. Tong is an MFA graduate from the California Institute of the Arts. She was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to the US in 1991. Ms. Tong became a two times #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon in November 2019. She firmly believes in this mantra, a quote by Pablo Picasso, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”