The Notre Dame MBA


Melissa Donaldson is director of diversity networks and communication for Walgreen Co., the nation's largest drugstore chain based in Deerfield, IL. Melissa is responsible for the inclusion leadership councils, business resource groups, strategic partnerships and diversity communications. Her primary objective is to develop plans and initiatives that strengthen the connection between business strategies and people strategies to drive business results.

Melissa joined Walgreens in February 2012. She held several positions of increasing responsibility from 1999-2012 at technology solutions firm CDW, including being the first director of inclusion practices in the company's history. Melissa’s thought leadership has been published in Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. She is a noted speaker and a recipient of the 2011 Diversity Officer Leadership Award by Diversity Best Practices.

Melissa earned a B.S. in Management Science from Wright State University, and an M.S.A. from Central Michigan University. She was named in 2008 as a Women Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal and by Diversity MBA Magazine as a Top 100 Under 50 Diversity Executive Leaders.

She currently serves on the Junior Achievement of Chicago Northern Division Board, The Conference Board Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council, Chicago United Leaders Council, and the YWCA of Lake County. She and husband Kevin live in Vernon Hills, IL with their son and daughter.


Mr. Archer heads Global Markets Relationship Management & Credit Services, a unit he created in 1995. His global team is responsible for managing Global Markets FX, Derivative and Capital Markets clients that are not handled by other BNY Mellon businesses. Mr. Archer is a member of the Global Markets Leadership Team. In 2012, he became a member of the first Credit Committee for BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, BNY Mellon’s broker dealer company. Since 2011, he has headed a unit to allow Global Markets to comply with Financial Markets Reform, namely the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). In January 2012, Mr. Archer was appointed manager of BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC’s New Accounts Department.

In addition to his current role, Mr. Archer was Co-Integration Manager for Global Markets during the Mellon Bank-Bank of New York merger in 2007-2008. Mr. Archer formerly was Co-Business Executive for Global Markets, liaising with other senior client executives in relation to some of the Company’s Platinum clients. He has chaired several business productivity committees including: the Global Markets New Product Committee, which reviews and approves new derivative products and variations on existing products; the FX Documentation Committee which is a forum to review and approve non-standard FX authority documents and master agreements in support of FX and derivatives; and the Business Acceptance Committee which reviews and approves non-standard business opportunities across FX, Derivatives and Capital Markets.
Prior to joining the Company in 1992, Mr. Archer was a mechanical engineer with the Perkin-Elmer Corporation, primarily involved with the design and assembly of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Mr. Archer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University.