Melissa Kessler is a process consultant, coach and professional communicator who serves as a member of Inspired-Inc.’s consulting team. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area, where she is director of strategic relations at a non-profit export market development organization.
Melissa began her career as a reporter and editor; later was the director of communications for two agriculture associations; and has worked in independent practice with private and non-profit businesses, public relations firms and colleague consultants. Originally from the U.S. Southwest, Melissa has done work with partners throughout the urban and rural United States and in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Regardless of organization type or level of system, Melissa focuses on helping clients identify goals, develop strategies and design tactics across a range of business modalities. As a builder of relationships, ideas and operations, she thrives in helping those she works with get things done efficiently in complex environments or with diverse and competitive stakeholders.
As a continuous learner, Melissa has delivered presentations at the conferences of international, national and local organization development associations and has a significant writing portfolio including op-eds, news, features and advocacy. She has also served in various volunteer roles including on boards or advisory councils of several organization development-focused associations, a publications board, a condo association and a public television show.
Melissa holds a master’s of science degree in organization development from American University, a bachelor’s of political science degree from the University of Oklahoma and an International Baccalaureate diploma. She also holds a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is certified in MBTI and EQi 2.0 instruments and has done training as a professional facilitator.