As head of employee and community engagement at MilliporeSigma, Melissa Hackmeier leads the development and implementation of employee and community engagement strategy, programs and nonprofit partnerships, as well as communications to raise awareness about the company’s initiatives. She launched the company’s first-ever SPARK™ global volunteer program focused on science education, with employees volunteering more than 112,000 hours to engage 310,000 students in 41 countries to date. She is also responsible for leading MilliporeSigma’s flagship science education programming, including the Curiosity Labs™ program, which educates and inspires students around the globe through hands-on, interactive science lessons led by employees, and the Curiosity Cube, a retrofitted shipping container turned mobile science lab that travels across North America and Europe to spark curiosity in visitors of all ages through hands-on learning.
Hackmeier has extensive experience working on sustainability and social business innovation consulting projects with a variety of companies and organizations, including State Street, Dunkin’ Brands, Praxair, Western Union and Eli Lilly. Prior to her work in sustainability and social business innovation, Hackmeier was an account supervisor at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Text 100 Public Relations.
Hackmeier holds a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Boston University (BU) Questrom School of Business. She has appeared as guest lecturer in the MBA Social Enterprise and Environmental Sustainability class at BU and at a Marketing Social Change Class at Harvard University Extension School.
She has been involved with Net Impact in some capacity since 2009, and she currently serves on the advisory council of the Net Impact Boston professional chapter. Hackmeier served as president of the Boston chapter in 2013 and 2014, during which time it was named Professional Chapter of the Year.