We are innovators and collaborators. We are people with integrity and passion. And we aren’t shy about sharing our ideas to steer you towards even greater success.

Whether you need a sounding board or sound advice, we provide the exact level of strategic planning support you need. So, lean on our team to:

  • Reveal new insights about your challenges and competition
  • Create a personalized strategy to meet your goals
  • Deliver actionable, easy-to-execute plans

Our Leadership

President and CEO

Melissa Lackey

Melissa works closely with senior executives in health care, higher education, professional services and other sectors to build trust with those who matter most to their business success.

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Senior Vice President and Partner

Julie Steininger

Julie helps clients make the connection between a positive reputation and stakeholder trust. She leads the firm’s agriculture and nutrition practice.

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Of Counsel and Partner

Linda Locke

Linda helps clients understand reputation and risk, where they intersect, and what they should do about it. She leads the health care practice at Standing Partnership.

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Vice President

Mihaela Grad

Mihaela works with clients to influence regulatory outcomes, build public acceptance for new technologies and manage their reputations.

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Vice President

Ashlyn Brewer

Ashlyn is our go-to expert for all things digital and growth, whether it’s lead generation, sales enablement or website optimization.

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Vice President

Nick Sargent

Nick helps clients engage with their most important stakeholders, coaching them on how to share stories and leverage influencers to achieve their organizational goals in the digital world.

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Our Core Values

We erase the traditional line between your in-house team and Standing Partnership. Driven by passion, innovation and integrity, we make your goals our own.



We are driven to make a significant contribution to your business.



We challenge the status quo and bring new ideas to the table.



We bring together diverse perspectives to find the best solutions.



We hold ourselves accountable and do what’s right, without drama or surprise.


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