A Charitable Organization Committed to Supporting STEM Students
The Samuel E. Massenberg Sr. Foundation, Inc., a 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation, was founded in 2016 by Mirian Graddick-Weir, Ph.D., and Michael Weir, EdD to honor the legacy of Samuel E. Massenberg Sr. Through this organization, they established a vehicle to inspire and empower underrepresented minority students to pursue their interest in earning STEM degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Our Mission & Purpose
The Massenberg Foundation’s mission is focused on empowering underrepresented minority students in the pursuit of their educational interests in STEM fields of study: science, technology, engineering, and math.
We pride ourselves on our dedication to partnering with institutions of higher education and charitable organizations committed to increasing underrepresented minority students in the STEM fields of study. Through direct financial relief initiatives, we aim to guide, support, and encourage students pursuing STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees
Meet Our Officers
Mirian Graddick-Weir, CEO
Mirian Graddick-Weir is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Samuel E. Massenberg Foundation. As the former Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Merck, Mirian was responsible for 68,000 colleagues located in over 90 countries. Before her role at Merck, Mirian also served as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Communications at AT&T. For over twenty years prior to her role as VP, Mirian held numerous HR positions and several prominent operational roles.
Mirian is a member of the Board of Directors of Yum! Brands, Inc. and Booking Holdings, Inc. She also serves on the Foundation Board of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and is President of Graddick Weir Group LLC. Previously, Mirian served as the Chair of the HR Policy Association and the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR). In 2001, she was elected as an NAHR Fellow, and fifteen years later, she was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy in 2016, the highest honor in the HR Profession.
Among her many awards, Mirian was named by Black Enterprise as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and was also recognized by Human Resources Executive Magazine as one of the most influential global HR executives. Additionally, Mirian was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the University of Michigan and received the Academy of Management’s Distinguished HR Executive Award.
Mirian earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton University and went on to earn a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.