Assistant Dean, Global Programs and Social Value Creation
Melissa Carrier joined the Smith School after a decade of managing growth strategies for technology companies ranging from Fortune 500 to early stage start-ups. She brings broad experience across corporate and product-line positions in multiple industries. During her tenure at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Melissa grew the Capital Access Network angel investor program into a leading regional investor group. Melissa also created the Social Venture Consulting Program which has served more than 450 students and 120 organizations since its inception. In 2009, Melissa designed and launched the Center for Social Value Creation. She is responsible for the center's strategic direction across curricula, cocurricular, and research platforms.
Melissa arrived from AT&T, where she served as an M&A group manager for AT&T Corporate Development division. While at AT&T, she led investments for the company's corporate venture fund. In this role, Melissa had responsibility for developing the investment pipeline, analyzing financial data, performing on-site due diligence, and executing deals. During her tenure at AT&T, she also served as the product manager lead for the wireless data platform as well as manager of strategy and business development for AT&T Consumer Services.
Melissa began her career as a process consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). During this time, she worked with U.S. and European clients on business process design and ERP system implementations. Subsequently, she served as a director at two startup technology companies focused on internet business-to-business strategies. Immediately prior to obtaining her MBA, Melissa led strategic development of core processes for SAP's Global Solution Center.
Melissa teaches social entrepreneurship and sustainable systems to MBA and Undergraduate students. She is the faculty champion for the Social Innovation Fellows program and Assistant Dean of Global Programs.
Melissa received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University and an MBA with honors in finance and strategic management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives with her husband, three boys, and a flat-coated retriever in Potomac, MD.