Senior Vice President and Training Program Lead
Melody Kimmel leads the media training program for MSLGROUP, which she joined in 2016. Among the nation’s most experienced media trainers, she custom-designs and implements media, presentation and other types of message training programs for clients across such diverse industries as healthcare, financial services, energy, manufacturing, agribusiness, tech, consumer goods and beauty. These help prepare spokespersons to be more effective in media interviews with trade/specialty, business/financial and general media as well as for outreach to customers, regulators, investors, employees and other stakeholders. Melody joined MSLGROUP following a long tenure at FleishmanHillard, where she was the lead and sole full-time trainer in North America.
Melody works extensively in crisis communications, including labor relations, training and providing counsel in such fields as energy, chemicals and travel & tourism. On other assignments, she has been tapped to write speeches, Op Eds and more as well as to support clients through their IPOs. In trainings, she can conduct practices in Spanish as well as English.
Earlier in her career, Melody served as director of marketing for Quick Tally Systems, whose handheld voting units are used in interactive corporate meetings and by TV networks both for on-air programming and testing. In addition to marketing Quick Tally™ and publicizing major events, Melody helped produce several shows including The R.A.C.E., with Bryant Gumbel, on NBC and The Big [Blank] Show on MTV.
She worked nine years as a journalist, around the country and overseas, with assignments ranging from television news anchor and producer to freelance newspaper reporter. Her articles have been published in Newsday, Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Cosmopolitan and What’s On In London, among others. In 1986, her six-part series on the medical malpractice liability crisis in West Virginia was awarded Year’s Best Journalism Series by that state’s Trial Lawyers Association. In 1992, she ghostwrote the book Unseen Elvis: Candids of the King (Little, Brown) for Jim Curtin, a well-known collector of Elvis memorabilia. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and International Relations.