Melissa Lackey

President & CEO

Melissa is president and CEO of Standing Partnership. Since joining the firm 17 years ago, she has evolved the company and guided clients through the challenges of doing business in ever-changing, complex environments.

Melissa works closely with senior executives in higher education, health care, professional services and other industry sectors to build trust with those who matter most to their business success. Whether that’s through targeted stakeholder engagement campaigns, crisis response/management planning or digital strategy development, Melissa’s leadership and evident business acumen make her someone whom clients depend on. She’s a sounding board and a trusted think partner for business leaders across the country.

Melissa fearlessly leads Standing Partnership, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2015, Melissa was a recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year award – widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners – and honored with the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women award.

Melissa brings her leadership and business acumen to several St. Louis-area boards of directors: United Way of Greater St. Louis, Gateway Region YMCA (strategic planning committee chair) and the SSM Health St. Clare Hospital Foundation (board chair). She also served as partner relations chair for the Americas region board of Worldcom Public Relations Group.

All of this keeps Melissa busy and often takes her across the country or across the globe. Although she’s a seasoned traveler, it’s a running joke that it’s never easy for her. Though it seems she’s more cursed than most with missed connections, cancelled flights, and lost luggage, it doesn’t slow her down!

When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Melissa scoring runs with her kickball league or spending time with her family.