Melissa Harris, ’16 (XP-85)

CEO
M. Harris & Co.

Melissa Harris

Melissa Harris, ’16 (XP-85), is the founder and CEO of M. Harris & Co., a marketing agency that helps companies and executives matter more. Agency Spotter, a firm that connects marketers with agencies, recently named her the No. 4 marketer in Chicago.

Harris is the winner of the 2017 Reed Award from Campaigns & Elections for best earned media around a single event, a 2017 Golden Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago, and six Hermes Creative Awards (five gold, one honorable mention) for her work on The Nuisance Committee.

As an Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Harris advises startups campus-wide on all aspects of marketing and communications. In addition, she teaches seminars on the press, content, social media, and television.

Prior to joining Polsky, she capped her 15-year journalism career as a Pulitzer Prize-nominated business columnist at the Chicago Tribune. She has been named among the 50 most influential people in Chicago tech on Twitter by both BuiltInChicago and Chicago Inno.

Harris earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and journalism degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Melissa Harris will participate in “Mixing Business and Activism at Cards Against Humanity.”