About Melissa



You can never have too much intercultural competence. Whether you’re moving abroad or moving home, managing a global team, or connecting with a diverse classroom, I’m here to help.

I designed my first cross-cultural program as a high school sophomore in 1997. Because I was so passionate about building bridges, I then embarked on a career in international relations. I majored in Russian Area Studies, was a summer fellow at a think tank, and served as an associate analyst at a geopolitics magazine.

I became so stirred by the need for individuals and organizations to develop intercultural skills that I decided to pursue a M.A. in Intercultural Relations. Meanwhile, I tutored English learners, managed journalists at a global magazine, served on the board of Young SIETAR, and worked in global mobility. I also researched bias in children, published an intercultural children’s book, and presented at SIETAR USA.

Today, I help people navigate culture at the individual, community, and organizational level. I coach expats, mentor international students, teach an ESL/American Culture class, and am the refugee coordinator at a local church. I also provide consultation, training, and executive coaching to organizations as they make sense of culture within their teams, leadership pipelines, and the global marketplace. Additionally, I am a guest speaker on cultural topics.

Everyone faces cultural challenges. Please send me a message so we can discuss how I may assist you!