Vicky Shi, “Melissa Carrier,” Pg. 3
Carrier worked at AT&T’s business strategy group where she had the opportunity tocollaborate with an entrepreneurial vice president. Carrier’s supervisor assigned her to an AT&TFoundation project, where she had to find a way to link a community cause to their services.As she tirelessly worked on the project for months, Carrier realized that AT&T had a poorly researched foundation. Although they made billions of dollars in revenue, only $20million went to the foundation. “Something in my gut didn’t feel right,” Carrier said.She eventually left the business strategy team to do corporatedevelopment with the company’s venture funds. She called it a“wonderful experience,” but after she moved to Maryland and gave birthto her son, she wanted a local job. “At some point your personal lifeweaves back in, and you have to set priorities,” Carrier said.
A turning point: from corporations to academia
Carrier knew she was ready to close the corporate chapter of her life. “At the end of theday, what was I really doing to make an impact?” Carrier said. “It was part of the epiphany of being a mom. You see this young child, and you think, I can do better by this little guy.”She accepted a job from the university to run venture programs that fund student businesses and local entrepreneurs. After four months, she realized that her students wanted to push beyond entrepreneurship and make the world a better place.With this realization came an opportunity for Carrier. “It brought all of my experiencesfrom prior jobs, my interest in building organizations and consulting and my personal valuesystems, and I thought, we might actually have a platform here,” Carrier said.(more)
“At the end of theday, what was I really doing tomake an impact?”