We are innovators and collaborators. We are people with integrity and ambition.
We are strategists that steer you toward even greater success.

At Standing Partnership, we deliver strategies for profitable, sustainable growth.

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We thrive in helping you solve complicated challenges, especially in complex industries, like agriculture, health care, education, industrial and professional services. If you’re an ambitious executive looking to accelerate growth, give us a look.

No matter where you are in your process, we’ll meet you there. Our team has the experience, expertise and drive to deliver results.

When you succeed, we succeed.

Our
Core Values

Driven by ambition, innovation, collaboration and integrity, we make your goals our own.

We never stop challenging conventional wisdom or each other. For us, this isn’t just a job, it’s our purpose.

Ambition

We set and achieve bold goals. We deliver results that bolster growth.

Collaboration

We seek out ideas, experience and insights of our clients, colleagues and partners.

Innovation

We challenge the prevailing assumptions to explore the best solutions.

Integrity

We operate honestly, ethically and with the highest degree of professionalism.

Our
Leadership

Because of our history in managing corporate reputation, we often get asked – what is Standing Partnership? Are you a PR agency? A digital marketing firm? A business consultancy?

We say – Yes! We’re consultants who design programs to solve your business challenges that stymie growth. We’re dedicated to finding the best solutions using all the tools in our toolbox.

We are a certified women-owned business. Founded in 1991 in the heart of the Midwest, we’ve called St. Louis home but our work takes us across the country and around the globe.

We have access to global partners among our Worldcom network to extend our expertise and deliver on-the-ground support in your critical markets with firms in 49 countries.

Melissa Lackey

President & CEO

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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Julie Steininger | Standing Partnership Team

Julie Steininger

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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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Mihaela Grad | Standing Partnership Team

Mihaela Grad

Vice President

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

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Ashlyn Brewer | Standing Partnership Team

Ashlyn Brewer

Vice President

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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Nick Sargent | Standing Partnership Team

Nick Sargent

Vice President

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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Let’s work together.

Contact us to see how we can start solving for your business today.