Melissa Kandel

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Melissa is the founder and CEO of little word studio. A native of New York, Melissa now lives in Newport Beach, Calif. She wrote her first story at the age of nine, (something about evil witches and shoelaces), and has been writing ever since, earning a B.A. from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Prior to launching little word studio, she served as global director of PR, communications and digital media for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the youngest ever employee to be named director at the company. Before Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, she was contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, the publication for the largest trade association in America. She also serves as founder/editor-in-chief for Newport Beach-based West Oceanfront Magazine, awarded by Feedspot as the “Ten Best Coastal Lifestyle Magazines.” Melissa also frequently contributes articles to Forbes as a member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invite-only community of senior-level communications executives. Her writing has appeared on the cover of REAL ESTATE magazine, Inc., Fast Company, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and more. In 2018, she was named by Z Publishing as one of “California’s Emerging Writers.” When not writing, you can find Melissa hanging out on the beach and playing with her crooked-eared little dog, Austin.

Creative Partner:

Fina Marketing

For clients in need of web development, we’ve partnered with Newport Beach-based boutique marketing agency, Fina Marketing. The design-focused company helps our clients get their businesses noticed with a beautifully designed WordPress website! “As one of your most valuable marketing assets, a successful website should capture your customer’s attention and efficiently drive consistent leads and sales,” explains Alexa Wicklas, founder of Fina Marketing. “Additionally, if a WooCommerce store is what you’re searching for, look no further as we’ll get your e-commerce store up and running in no time.”

Coaching Partner:

Gallant Real Estate LLC

For clients looking to grow their businesses, we’ve partnered with Gallant Real Estate LLC to provide inspiration, motivation and insight into new business-building approaches, as created by Gallant Real Estate’s Debbie Gallant, a veteran in the real estate industry and proven sales mastermind. Debbie offers lively, engaging deliver on a variety of topics, including: real estate, leadership and sales. View a list of her services here.