Making a Positive Impact in Houston with All Hands and Hearts

Melissa is currently a Senior Financial Analyst, supporting the advertising team within our Media business, based in New York City. She is a former Financial Leadership Program associate. This summer, Melissa used her 24 hours of dedicated volunteer time through our global volunteer program Nielsen Cares to help rebuild a school devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, in partnership with the organization All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response.

One of the main reasons why I accepted an offer to join Nielsen’s rotational Financial Leadership Program (FLP) was the company’s dedication and prioritization of corporate social responsibility. My passion for giving back to the community was something that developed during my experience at Siena College. Through the FLP, not only was I able to cultivate exceptionally strong analytical, financial, and communication skills, but I was also able to engage in big impact volunteer work.

During my FLP experience, I became very active with Nielsen Cares, leading and participating in events from Nielsen Global Impact Day to local Veteran’s Day events through our military-focused employee resource group, Support and Employee Resources for Veterans (SERV). I was also able to apply my finance knowledge by working with the company’s sustainability team to investigate the financial impact of adopting renewable energy within our business operations.

This past summer, myself and another former FLP from Siena College, Caitlin, were able to utilize our 24 hours of dedicated volunteer time to spend a week in Texas with All Hands and Hearts  rebuilding areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. All Hands and Hearts has assisted 1900 affected individuals in Houston through 528 jobs completed, 270 muck and guts, and 121 home sanitations since the hurricane hit. The organization aligns closely with Nielsen’s mission of empowering communities to be more resilient and equipped to face challenges going forward.

Throughout our week in Texas, we assisted in rebuilding a school by laying drywall, installing insulation and beginning to prime and paint the walls. While we strongly believe our careers align more with finance than construction, spending a week on site was empowering to see how much of an effect we could have in a community in one short week.

Throughout my time at Nielsen, I have seen first hand how corporations can create meaningful impact in society. I am grateful for my experiences during and after FLP that have allowed me to give back, as well as the opportunity to work in an environment where creating shared value in communities is championed and encouraged.