About Melissa

Melissa Lamson has 20+ years of experience growing leaders, bridging cultures, and empowering teams. As a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and executive coach, she uses her unique global expertise to help companies and leaders take charge, expand their international business, and achieve real results. She has 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. Melissa develops and teaches leadership skills, including time management, effective feedback, situational leadership, and coaching. She also has a proven track record in Diversity and currently facilitates a popular workshop for women on Networking & Advancement Strategies.

As a thought leader in her industry, Melissa’s insight has been featured in the Financial Times, About.com, and Fast Company. She is also a regular columnist for Inc.com. Melissa is a speaker at major international professional conferences and has authored five books, including #WomenAdvance, #BridgingCultures, #CulturalTransformation, 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. Melissa is currently working on her sixth book, The New Global Manager: Adapt, Empathize, Win!

Currently, Melissa resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

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What 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

Melissa's Clients

Melissa Lamson works with businesses of all sizes, including small and medium companies, large multi-nationals, Fortune 500s, government, non-profits, universities, and hospitals. Melissa’s ultimate mission is to help local and global organizations collaborate and prosper across diverse workforces, priorities and cultures.

Schuessler AdMedes
Western Area Power Administration
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation