Michele Molano joined Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in April of 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she oversees and directs the agency’s internal operational activities including financial management, information technology, facilities, human resources and all aspects of agency services as they relate to daily operational and budgetary needs.
She is responsible for ensuring the continued financial viability of the agency, developing operations plans and budgeting, and guiding the agency in alignment with its strategic plan.
Michel is a proven global commercial leader who has launched and managed diverse pharmaceutical and vaccine brands at various stages of lifecycle with innovative customer approaches. She is recognized for her strong drive and passion to deliver profitable growth and impact through collaboration and innovation, and develop talent.
Most recently, she led Merck’s Family Planning business, defining global strategy and working closely with internal and external stakeholders around the world such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and UNFPA, to enable growth and expand access for women and girls to long-acting reversible contraceptives. Their collective efforts have benefitted millions of women around the world. At Merck, she also served as Chief of Staff to the President of Merck’s Primary Care & Women’s Health businesses, and led several other global and US businesses across a range of therapeutic areas.
Michele has been a long-term Board Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. She currently leads their Technology, Process, and CRM Committee and serves on their Program and Development Committees. Michele also provides pro-bono strategic consulting support to Philadelphia-based non-profits through Compass, currently as a Project Advisor and as a former Project Leader.
Michele earned a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. She was born and raised in the U.S. by Swiss and Filipino parents, speaks English and German, and travels globally with enthusiasm.
She was born and raised in the U.S. by Swiss and Filipino parents, speaks English and German, and travels globally with enthusiasm.