Our Mission

The mission of The Marketing Research Education Foundation (MREF) is to unify, inspire and activate the marketing research community to focus its collective resources to educate children and youth worldwide.

Education is a powerful thing. It is the most influential element for bringing positive and lasting change. Unfortunately, many children don’t have access to it. The marketing research industry is compiled of highly intelligent individuals who want to use their education to inspire others. That’s why The Marketing Research Education Foundation (MREF) was created. MREF is an international foundation dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for children worldwide.

MREF is a high profile, industry-wide initiative that involves researchers from every level of the marketing research industry across the globe. The foundation will use financial and human resources to provide the tools necessary to give children access to a quality education.

MREF will fund projects that promise to improve education worldwide, and will seek to unite researchers from around the world to help, whether through teaching, building a school, installing computer libraries or simply reading to children. With these efforts, MREF hopes to transform the lives of children through education, thus improving the well-being of communities around the world.

Board of Directors

Steve Schlesinger

Steve Schlesinger

CEO

Schlesinger Group

Carl Rossow

Carl Rossow

Co-Founder and COO

Benenson Strategy Group

Carla Lindemann

Carla Lindemann

COO

Issues & Answers Network

Ed Sugar

Ed Sugar

Vice President, Client Services

Interviewing Services of America

Don Marek

Don Marek

Former Executive Director

Marketing Research Institute International (MRII)

Charles (Chuck) Dodson

Charles (Chuck) Dodson

Director Marketing and Customer Experience

A.M. Todd, WFSI, ADM

Administration

Chris Nechanicky

Chris Nechanicky

Office Administrator

Quirk’s Marketing Research Media​​