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Building Credibility, Visibility and Business.

Welcome to Sturges Word Communications. We are a full-service integrated marketing communications agency based in downtown Kansas City, Mo., that was formed April Fools Day 1994, when Melissa Sturges and Linda Word teamed up.

Over the years, we’ve counseled clients in nearly every business segment, and have special expertise in the development/real estate, education, financial/professional services, public involvement, retail/hospitality, and utility sectors.

We help our clients get the results they desire through advertising, branding, community engagement, creative, crisis communications, event planning, public relations, social media strategy, and Web design.

Our work is award winning. But more importantly, it does what matters to our clients – builds brands, moves product and manages reputations.

Sturges Word is certified as a WBE/DBE vendor by the city of Kansas City, Mo.

Global Reach

The Local Advantage. Worldwide.

As a partner agency in the Worldcom Public Relations Group, our clients have on-demand access to deep expertise from professionals who understand the language and customs of the geographic areas in which they operate.

Worldcom is a partnership of independent strategic communication agencies with more than 108 partners in 96 cities on 6 continents. Through Worldcom, Sturges Word has the reach to execute any public relations, marketing or social media program across all borders and cultures.

Worldcom Public Relations Group


Doing Well by Doing Good.

Everybody deserves the support of great mentors and caring communities. We wouldn’t have such awesome jobs if we didn’t have those in our lives. That’s why Sturges Word actively supports our communities through the commitment of time, dollars and in-kind donations. We encourage our staff not only to participate in community organizations, but to pursue leadership responsibilities to make a difference. Over the years, we have supported dozens of civic and community organizations including:

Our Team

Diverse. Talented. Passionate.

We have different strengths in all the marketing communications disciplines clients need for us to help them go from here to there. Some of us have a passion for how a thing looks, how that drives interest, engagement and trial. Others of us are more into words, how they can inform, enlightened, compel. Then there are our research, eval and measurement geeks – very handy when it comes to understanding the environment, competition, your starting point.

All of us, to the last, are into strategy. We thrill to the answers to what, how much and by when. We lay awake at night popping with ideas as to how. We’re raring to go on the moment-to-moment, day-to-day doing of the work. We can’t wait to eyeball the results and see how the needle has swung to your satisfaction.

Together, we have dozens of Lucite trophies of various shapes sitting on our bookshelves, plenty of satisfied clients who will say nice things about us, and some really cool portfolios to share…but mostly, we’re a great team that loves what we do and is relentless in our pursuit of measurable success for the clients we serve.

No matter what the nature of your organization or project, we can bring together the right mix of professionals to deliver the results you desire.

Our Leaders

Active Members on Every Project.

Leading the team are principals Melissa Sturges and Linda Word, engaged with every client, actively working to advance your cause.

Melissa Sturges, APR
Melissa Sturges, APR Principal
Melissa draws upon more than 30 years of experience in integrated communications to help clients with strategic planning, media/social/community relations, events, crisis management, and employee communication. She has worked extensively with clients in the electric utility, real estate/development, government, not-for-profit, financial, hospitality, professional services, manufacturing, and health systems sectors.

Melissa serves on the Small, Emerging & Diverse Business Council of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. She is former chair, Americas Region, of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the largest global network of independent integrated and public relations firms. Previously, the Greater Kansas City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognized her as its “Public Relations Professional of the Year.” She is accredited in public relations (APR) through PRSA.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Journalism.

Linda Word
Linda WordPrincipal

Linda serves as the creative director overseeing brand strategy and marketing on multiple levels for many clients, charities and civic organizations. Her deep roots in the urban community have helped to facilitate downtown Kansas City’s resurgence through her work with the Downtown Council, Urban Core Group and work with The Cordish Company.

Her commitment to improving the lives of people is evidenced locally through her work with the City Union Mission, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Mid-America, ReStart, Inc and The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Her commitment also has crossed US borders, through her work with Habitat for Humanity and World Health Organization.

Linda is a member of the inaugural class of Kansas City’s “50 Most Influential Women” as awarded by KC Business Magazine and has served on the board of the Association of Professional Design Firms, a North American network of firms specializing in graphic and product design as a business; currently serves on the advisory board for Johnson County Community College’s graphic design program; and has taught design at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is originally from the east coast and graduated from the University of Kansas.