SVP, Media Training
New York, NY, USA
As national lead of MSL’s communications training practice, Melody Kimmel custom-designs and implements media, presentation, employee and other types of persuasive message training programs. These help prepare spokespersons to be more effective in interviews with trade, business/financial and general media as well as for engagement with customers, industry, investors, employees and other stakeholders. She works across all industries and sectors, bringing particular depth and breadth to clients in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and automotive, energy, agribusiness/food, beauty, travel/tourism, technology and consumer marketing. Her extensive corporate work has included change management, public affairs and crisis communications and preparation, including labor relations. Her work with the C-suite has included coaching them for the IPO process, preparing them to address such regulators as Congress, the EPA and FDA, and supporting their onboarding and visibility efforts. Melody has provided issues management counseling as well as speech, blog and OpEd writing assignments for diverse clients. She can conduct practices in Spanish as well as English. She joined MSL in 2016 following a long tenure at FleishmanHillard, where she was the lead and sole full-time trainer in North America. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and International Relations.