President Melissa Wurst is the owner and founding member of Language Solutions, Inc. She has over 25 years of experience working in linguistics, languages and culture. Melissa has had a broad career immersed in foreign cultures and linguistics beginning in 1989 with her service in Thailand with the U.S. Peace Corps where she implemented language and training programs. From there, Melissa became the Assistant Director of the Midwest Refugee Center in Wichita, Kansas and subsequently relocated to Taiwan as the Director of a bilingual school.
Melissa returned to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri in 1996 and worked on establishing language standards and immersion programs for a number of corporate clients including Walmart. Melissa founded Language Solutions, Inc. in 1998. Today, she still volunteers regularly in her public school district, on the PFAC Advisory Committee of Barnes Jewish Hospital, with food pantries and with her church.
Melissa continues the third goal of the Peace Corps by bringing home what she learned and sharing that with others. Her passion is on shaping perspectives of people and organizations as they create communications for their global audiences.
“By making organizations aware of the impact that culture and values have on the language in their communications and connecting that with their overall strategic business goals, we can bring the global community a little closer together. In effect, we can be a catalyst for global change . . . one person by one person, one communication by one communication.”