FOCUS is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Lackey to its Board of Directors. Lackey is Owner, President and CEO of Standing Partnership, a full-service strategic marketing consultancy. Board members are community leaders who demonstrate interest and commitment to FOCUS’ mission to educate and connect leaders and facilitate important conversations in the St. Louis region.
In addition to running Standing Partnership, Lackey works closely with senior executives to help grow their businesses — whether it’s removing obstacles to growth and mitigating risk or designing marketing strategies to attract and retain customers. She is also frequently called upon to help organizations navigate crises and issues and effectively manage change.
As a 2005-06 graduate of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis, Lackey brings leadership and business acumen to several St. Louis-area boards of directors, including the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Gateway Region YMCA (former board chair) and SSM Health Foundation (former board chair). She has also served as partner relations chair for the Americas region board of WorldCom Public Relations Group.
Lackey has been a recipient of Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, YWCA Metro St. Louis Leader of Distinction, St. Louis Titan 100 and the St. Louis Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Women award. Under her leadership, Standing Partnership has been recognized as a top 50 Inspiring Workplace in North America and one of Small Business Monthly’s Winning Workplaces and Fastest Growing Small Companies.