February 26, 2018

Melissa B. Lareau ’03 is the Founder and CEO of Dirt Revolution with knowledge in agriculture, food systems and distribution. She will discuss how events such as Hurricane Katrina shaped her life.


English major, Melissa B. Lareau ’03 is the founder and CEO of Dirt Revolution. Prior to Dirt Revolution, Melissa worked for fast moving and successful start ups such as Postmates in Business Development and Data Analytics. With over a decade of combined experience in agriculture, food systems, food distribution and a Masters in Landscape History from UEA, Melissa and her company are uniquely poised to help solve major problems humanity is facing such as global warming, toxicity in our environments and food security. In her free time, Melissa volunteers as the Director of Development and Lead Organizer for San Francisco's annual Día de los Muertos celebration in the Mission and is a founding Member of the New Orleans Food Coop. Melissa discusses how her life story and events such as Hurricane Katrina shaped her career path and life vision. Her talk is entitled "Decide: How the Unexpected in Life affects Career, Choice and Vision." Each Spring, Dickinson's English department invite an alumnus or alumna to share life and work experience with current students, and to reacquaint him or her with programs in the department and at the college. The program is named in honor of Eleanor Cogan on the occasion of her 90th birthday in 1999.

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Further information

  • Location: Stern Center Great Room
  • Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Calendar Icon
  • Cost: Free