Melissa Kandel is the founder and CEO of little word studio. A third-generation entrepreneur, Melissa supports real estate brands, leading executives, tech startups, proptech companies, food/wine companies and more with high-quality content to engage targeted customers and grow their businesses through content marketing. In 2021 she launched Elite Content Collective, a subscription-based mastermind community for real estate professionals to gain access to high-quality content at an affordable cost.
Born in New York, Melissa now lives in Newport Beach, California. She wrote her first story at age nine and has been writing ever since, earning a B.A. with honors from Columbia University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
She launched little word studio in Oct. 2018, and within two weeks signed her first client: Gino Blefari, CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc., the largest residential real estate brokerage network in America. Additional clients include multi-million-dollar startups, multi-billion-dollar organizations and some of the world's most respected real estate brokerages and brands.
Prior to little word studio, she was global director of PR, communications and digital media for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the youngest-ever employee to be named director at the company.
Melissa contributes articles to Forbes as a member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invite-only community of senior-level executives - she was featured in Forbes 140+ times this past year. Her writing has appeared on the cover of REAL ESTATE magazine, in Mortgage Women Magazine, Inc., and more. In 2018, she was named by Z Publishing House as one of "California's Emerging Writers" and by Women Leaders Magazine as one of the “20 Most Inspiring Leaders 2022.” She's a member of Rebecca Minkoff's The Female Founder Collective and the Newport Beach Distinguished Citizen Program. In 2019, she started a magazine, West Oceanfront, recognized by Feedspot as one of the top coastal magazines nationwide. She is also a renowned speaker, and has led sessions at some of the real estate industry’s largest events.
An avid volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), Melissa's writing was published on the national blog and she serves on several boards for CFF's Southern California chapter. In 2017, she launched an annual charity event on Balboa Peninsula, which has raised almost $15,000 for the organization.
She is currently working on her first novel.