Laura Asiala is the Vice President of Public Affairs at PYXERA Global. Passionate about the power of business to solve-or help solve-the world’s most intransigent problems, she leads the efforts to attract more participation of businesses to contribute to the sustainable development, through their people and their work. Laura’s thirty year career in international business included roles in finance, marketing, business development, HR, branding, and communications, and corporate social responsibility.
Prior to joining PYXERA Global, she was the Director of Corporate Citizenship at the Dow Corning Corporation where she led the development of their international corporate volunteer program (Citizen Service Corps) and oversaw CSR strategies and relationships, including the company’s public-private partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (a UN Foundation, US State Department & Clinton Global initiative).
In addition to her business experience, Laura has significant experience in the not-for-profit sector as well. She was the founding chair and first president of Bay County (Michigan) Habitat for Humanity, and continues as an advisor. She was the recipient of the 2008 Bay County Athena Award from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) with a Masters in Organization Development. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Alma College (Michigan), with a major in economics.
She is a contributor to the online magazine, New Global Citizen. You can follow her on Twitter: @LauraAsialaCSR