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Melissa Kieling    

CEO of PackIt

As a single mom of three, Melissa noticed that no single kids lunch bag could keep her children's lunches cool and safe until lunchtime. She'd have to stick toxic freezable gel packs in their lunch boxes, which inevitably got lost, or use wasteful plastic baggies of ice that always leaked.

Taking matters into her own hands, Melissa researched and patented the idea for a lunch bag that had freezable gel built into its lining. In 2009, she launched the PackIt Personal Cooler, the first foldable, freezable bag that keeps food and drinks cool on the go for up to 10 hours—no ice packs needed.

Under her leadership, PackIt's patented technology has expanded from lunch totes into a line of food and drink solutions spanning wine, baby, picnic, and shopping bags that are sold in more than 40 countries internationally.

Melissa lives in Westlake Village, CA, with her three children, who continue to inspire new PackIt product ideas daily.


Melissa Kieling, CEO of insulated bag maker PackIt - LA Times

The gig: Melissa Kieling, 38, is the co-founder and chief executive of PackIt, which makes foldable, freezable bags to keep food and beverages cold. Last year ...

From broke mom to multimillion-dollar success

Meet single mom turned entrepreneur, Melissa Kieling—founder of cooler maker PackIt, which has attracted the attention of big retailers and Hollywood stars.

How a broke single mom made $16 million from a lunchbox - Yahoo ...

In 2008, Melissa Kieling went through a divorce that left her a broke single mom to ... their lunches becoming warm, Kieling decided to design her own lunchbox.

From single mom to CEO of an $11 million company - Chicago Tribune

Desperation led Melissa Kieling to launch PackIt, creating a new type of lunch bag -- and a fast-growing company.

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