Speaker profile: Melanie Sturm


Melanie Sturm is the conservative columnist at the Aspen Times. Called Think Again — with the tagline You might change your mind — Melanie’s column appears in papers throughout the Rocky Mountains. She's also been published in the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller and the Denver Post.

With her persuasive style – readable even for Aspen liberals -- Melanie myth-busts by exposing readers to unconsidered facts and perspectives, taking occasional detours to muse on the meaning of life.

Addressing our moment’s most controversial issues, Melanie leads readers toward uniting conclusions that reflect how much common ground Americans share. Though she hopes to change minds, her goal is to open them, for a free and civil society requires informed and thoughtful citizens. Through her column, she’s learned to engage with people who think they disagree, discovering that many are persuadable, and even hostiles can be powered down.

Melanie’s lessons are at the core of Engage to Win, which she co-founded with four other LPR grads in 2013 to teach persuasive communications to conservatives. Melanie also speaks to non-conservative audiences, sharing her lessons on the common ground that exists in our politically polarized era, especially on the hot-button issues used by politicians to divide Americans.
Melanie has 20 years of private investment experience previous to which she specialized in project finance at International Finance Corporation (private sector affiliate of the World Bank), and Mergers & Acquisitions at Morgan Stanley (London) and Drexel Burnham Lambert (New York). Melanie has an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and undergraduate degrees in international relations and economics from Tufts University. Melanie and her husband Marc Zachary have a 13-year-old son Zane who aspires to be an Air Force pilot, and President of the United States.