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Melissa Barry is the Chief of Staff at Ketchum. As Chief of Staff, Melissa directly supports Ketchum’s CEO, Barri Rafferty, and her senior team by providing counsel on agency transformation, strategy execution, and operational excellence. Prior to this role, Melissa was part of the Organizational Effectiveness team where she spent her time consulting to groups and individuals in the areas of change management, employee engagement, and team effectiveness. Melissa received her graduate degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in Human Development from Cornell University. She is a certified HCI Human Capital Strategist and is qualified to administer several assessments including MBTI and Social Styles.

International Women’s Day, Every Day of the Year

by Melissa Barry| March 26, 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is observed annually on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year, there were countless events held around the globe hosted by corporations, brands and community organizations. For IWD, I was fortunate to attend the Omniwomen New York chapter launch, which is a group […]

Attending a Conference? Read This!

by Melissa Barry| December 13, 2017

This fall I had the opportunity to speak at the OD Network Conference in Chicago, Illinois and the Glint Summit in Sonoma, California. For each of my sessions, I thought a lot about the content that I was sharing. I made sure that my sessions were both engaging and aesthetically pleasing for the audience. As […]

Workplace in the Workplace

by Melissa Barry| July 6, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the PRSA Communications Connect Conference in Denver, Colorado. It was an excellent conference filled with 250+ of the smartest minds in internal communication, focused on how communicators can stay current in today’s rapidly evolving technology and social media landscape. My session was about Workplace by Facebook and […]

Breaking Through for Our Employees

by Melissa Barry| April 13, 2017

At Ketchum, we pride ourselves on being an agency that is recognized for delivering break through work for brands throughout the world. We are known for our award-winning creative and innovative ideas. However, an agency doesn’t deliver great work. The people who work for the agency do.

10 Steps for Effectively Facilitating a Meeting

by Melissa Barry| April 21, 2016

Time is precious. For marketers, workplace meetings have the potential to be great moments to brainstorm the next revolutionary idea, discover a new approach to idea generation that can change the industry, or create the next new employee program that makes your company an even more desirable place to work. On the other hand, if […]

Think About Your Work Environment and Optimize Your Productivity

by Melissa Barry| October 1, 2015

Would you ever cook breakfast in the shower? Probably not. Making breakfast is an activity that typically takes place in a very specific environment – the kitchen. We plan our non-work activities to take place in particular spaces; so why not do the same for our tasks at work. As an organizational psychologist, I focus […]