Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Schipke
Melissa Schipke is a member of the Penn State University Class of 2009. She graduated as an alumna with a marketing degree from the Smeal College of Business with a double major in advertising from the College of Communications. After her time at PSU, Schipke attended Rowan University to get her Masters of Business Administration.
Following school, she worked in a private sector for five years at a Fortune 200 company working with sales management and analytics, which has ultimately led to her current position as founder and CEO of Tassl, a company that creates technologies to increase alumni engagement in order to give people a centralized place where they can continue to feel a sense of community post-grad. She credits all her success to the motivation and support from her personal and professional networks.
Aside from owning her own business, she also works there as a software developer. Schipke says, “I’m a data person, so any projects with forecasting, data analytics and using numbers to paint a story or drive a strategy are my favorite!”
During her time as a lion, you could find Schipke involved in Penn State Marketing Association, THON, or eating Coconut Chip ice cream at the Berkey Creamery. Being at such a large school as Penn State is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for involvement and making connections both personal and professional. Schipke says that if she could give one piece of advice to her college self, it would be “[to] meet as many people as you can. Your network and drive is what will help you make the moves in your career that are worth making!”
Throughout her time at PSU Schipke made so many great memories that it’s hard for her to pick just one. “[There were]so many silly and fun memories with the friends I met at PSU that are still close friends to this day. Whether they were in West Halls, downtown at Beaver Terrace apartments or my friends from Kappa Alpha Order, our memories have bonded us together for a lifetime of friendship and continuous adventures together.”