Sustainability executive to present business college talk

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Photo of Melissa Gray.


KALAMAZOO—A leader in sustainability and green initiatives for an information technology hosting company will be featured in the next Distinguished Speaker Series talk sponsored by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

Melissa Gray, senior director of sustainability for Rackspace, will present "What We All Want From Work" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in 2000 Schneider Hall. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Rackspace, a global leader in hybrid cloud environments, delivers the best-fit infrastructure for customers' IT needs. It leverages a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best—whether on a public cloud, a private cloud, dedicated servers or a combination of platforms. Headquartered in San Antonio, it operates data centers on four continents and has been featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Melissa Gray

As the director of sustainability, Gray's responsibilities range from guiding Rackspace's global sustainability strategy and activities to acting as the executive sponsor for the company's resource group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees and their allies.

She joined Rackspace in 2009 and has performed in roles that included the development of operational support systems. In addition, she has served as the chief of staff to Rackspace's CEO, assisting in the development of a multi-year strategic plan.

Gray earned a Bachelor of Science degree from WMU in 1996 then worked for a Fortune 10 firm, helping to transform complex legacy businesses through innovation. She has more than 15 years of business strategy and operations experience, and holds three software patents in the United States and Europe.

To register or obtain more information, visit or contact Cyntia Reeves at or (269) 387-5069.