About Me

I have 20+ years of experience growing leaders, bridging cultures, and empowering teams. As a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and executive coach, I use my unique global expertise to help companies and leaders take charge, expand their international business, and achieve real results. I have offered companies like Space X, SMA Solar, SAP, and LinkedIn the leadership tools and insights to build successful management and project teams in every corner of the world. I design courses and teach leadership skills, including time management, effective feedback, situational leadership, and coaching. I also have a proven track record in Diversity, and currently, I facilitate a popular workshop for women on Networking & Advancement Strategies.

As a best-selling author and thought leader in my industry, my insight has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, and The Financial Times. I am also a regular columnist for Inc.com. I am honored to speak at major international professional conferences, and I have authored multiple books, including #WomenAdvance, No Such Thing as Small Talk: 7 Keys for Understanding German Business Culture and Why European Companies Fail in the US Market and How They Can Succeed. My latest book is titled, The New Global Manager: Learning to Manage Well in a Complex Business Environment.

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What My Clients Are Saying

“Melissa’s facilitation and coaching work in our world-class managers and leaders program – ManageIn – have accelerated the ability for participants to reflect on their own communication style, understand the behavior of others, and manage through a variety of challenging situations. Melissa brings a unique international perspective to all aspects of day-to-day management challenges in a fast-growing global environment. I also appreciate her willingness to reflect on the learning process, excitement to contribute content, and desire to be a solid team-player.”

— Emma Dawson
Former Director of L&D at LinkedIn, Global Head of Talent Development at Dropbox

"At LinkedIn, excellence in management is essential to who we are. In order to lay that foundation, we've invested heavily in our flagship management training program, ManageIn. Melissa has played a key role as not only a facilitator, but a trusted partner in ensuring that program is best in its class.

A large part of what makes her successful at LinkedIn is that she understands what it takes to be successful within organizations and has the gift of being simultaneously inspirational and practical."

— Jeremy Stover, PCC
Developing Leaders at LinkedIn

"I met Melissa about 2 years ago and I have come to appreciate her multitude of talents and capabilities. Whether it is as a trusted business adviser and coach, key note speaker, facilitator or creative and strategic thinker you would do yourself a service to engage with her to optimize your effectiveness. Globally savvy with a diverse perspective you always walk away knowing you have received disproportionate ROI to your favor."

— Marc Underwood
Senior People Operations Partner at Ten-X

"I very much appreciate working with Melissa since she is extremely effective in making people change beliefs and behavior. Furthermore she is fun to work with. Melissa is not preaching but rather explaining the WHY behind the WHAT. Her intelligence gives her credibility very quickly and her passion makes it very enjoyable for people to listen. Because Melissa can see the big picture, she also supported me as a sounding board for our US business strategy."

— Ralf Drews
Chairman of the Board / CEO at Greif Velox Maschinenfabrik

"Melissa is a tremendous asset to leaders looking to "globalize" their organizations. Her insights and extensive business experience abroad allow for practical, strategic application in thinking and acting more effectively across international locations. I would highly recommend Melissa's consulting expertise to any company looking to improve global performance. I highly recommend her for any cross-cultural work!"

— Rami Branitzky
Managing Director at Sapphire Ventures, LLC

"I had the opportunity to attend a Leadership Workshop hosted by Melissa Lamson. With constructive exercises and insightful material, Melissa cultivated a relatable environment for a diverse group of women. We started the workshop as strangers and ended as accountability partners and mentors/mentee. Thank you, Melissa for a transformative experience and lessons in Leadership!"

— Marielle Ehrmann
Chief Operating Officer IQS, Head of Operational Excellence & Communication at SAP

"I hired Melissa to provide leadership coaching to my team. Melissa’s practical advice on effective leadership communication in diverse teams is a strong asset. She leverages individual expertise and knowledge to create valuable learning sessions for the group as a whole. I appreciate her directness in creating understanding around critical topics such as culture and gender. "

— Paul Kavanuagh
SVP Engineering, SAP SuccessFactors

"We hired Melissa at SMA to leverage her expertise in cross-cultural communication and empowering global teams. She worked with our leadership on developing strategies for better cooperation across the regions, specifically between our US team and German HQ teams. Melissa was especially helpful in outlining what headquarters in Germany expects and how to negotiate local interests with top management."

— Chuck Smith
EVP, Global Service Business Unit

"I had the opportunity to attend a Leadership Workshop hosted by Melissa Lamson. With constructive exercises and insightful material, Melissa cultivated a relatable environment for a diverse group of women. We started the workshop as strangers and ended as accountability partners and mentors/mentee. Thank you, Melissa for a transformative experience and lessons in Leadership! "

— Dorothee Nygren
Support Group Assistant, Phoenix Art Museum

"I recently attended Melissa’s Networking & Career Advancement Workshop and it was really amazing how she is able to get people´s attention to re-think about their attitudes. Melissa is a gifted person and we are so lucky to have the possibility to have these 2 incredible days with her. I highly recommend Melissa to everyone (men and women) that is in process of developing professional skills like communication, branding, networking and self-promotion. Melissa, thank you so much for opening my mind to new possibilities and making me think about new opportunities in my professional life! "

— Luciana Zilio
Revenue Recognition Specialist, SAP

"Melissa supported my highly visible company initiative - a new, innovative program for accelerating women into leadership positions at SAP - called Power2XLead. She kicked off the first event with a workshop on networking, self-promotion and leadership skills. It was a huge success! All 34 women were very pleased with the session and took away strategies they can implement right away. I invited several executives incl. Stefan Ries, our board member for HR, to an evening event in support of our efforts, all received very positive feedback about the program, ensuring future investment. I would highly recommend Melissa to support your company's efforts in creating more gender balanced leadership. "

— Cawa Younosi
Head of Human Resources Germany (SAP SE & SAP Deutschland)

My Clients

I work with businesses of all sizes, including small and medium companies, large multi-nationals, Fortune 500s, government, non-profits, universities, and hospitals. My mission is to help local and global organizations create inclusive strategies and collaborate across diverse peoples, priorities, and cultures.

Schuessler AdMedes
Western Area Power Administration
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
Clifford Chance
Brigham & Women's Hospital


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