Video: Laura Clise of Areva Talks Diversity at Net Impact 2014

photo “One of the things that I find really interesting in talking about diversity, and in practicing diversity within my company, is: As you start to look at and try to define what the ‘value’ is, oftentimes you find that you’re having conversations that run parallel to the conversations that we have when we’re trying to articulate the business case for sustainability,” Laura Clise said at the 2014 Net Impact conference.

“What I think is really fundamental is that both are focused on the translation of and the impact of looking at corporate values and then linking that to value creation.”

Clise, who serves as director of external communications and corporate citizenship for Areva, moderated a panel on diversity and inclusion at the conference in Minneapolis last month. She even wrote a 90-second rap to kick things off. (If your day could use a boost, do yourself a favor and check it out here.)

As part of our Talking Diversity video series, Clise talks about the difference between diversity and inclusion — and how anyone, regardless of background, can be an ally and an advocate for diversity — in the following clip.

Laura Clise is the Director of External Communications & Corporate Citizenship at AREVA Inc. and a 2013 Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow. She is responsible for corporate citizenship, stakeholder engagement, public relations, and executive communications. She previously led AREVA Inc.’s Sustainable Development department, overseeing the development and deployment of the company’s first regional sustainability strategy and supplier diversity program.

Before joining AREVA Inc., Laura’s sustainability experience included work for the U.N. Global Compact, Intel Corporation, and Business for Social Responsibility. She began her career in brand management at General Mills and subsequently worked for McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where she led the international sales operations department.

Laura received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BA in International Relations from Carleton College.

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Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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