Laura Asiala is a Senior Fellow at PYXERA Global after spending several years as the Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs in Washington,  D.C.. Passionate about the power of business to solve–or help solve–the world’s most intransigent problems, she leads efforts to attract more participation of businesses to contribute to sustainable development, through their people and their work.

Prior to joining PYXERA Global, Laura retired from nearly 30 years with the Dow Corning Corporation, with roles in finance, marketing, human resources, and corporate communications, ultimately serving as the company’s director of Corporate Communications and Citizenship, where she oversaw corporate social responsibility strategies and relationships.

She chaired the founding committee to establish the Bay County (Michigan) Habitat for Humanity Affiliate and was the organization’s first president. She is the former vice-chair of the Bijou orchestra, and served in many volunteer leadership positions throughout the Bay City Public School System. In 2008, she received the Athena Award from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2016, Alma College named her the “Career and Internship Ambassador of the Year”.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Net Impact, a community of more than 100,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace; the  Advisory Board for the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA Program at the University of Vermont; and the Advisory Board for TEDx Traverse City.Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Alma College and a Masters of Science in Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University. She has two grown daughters who are quite thrilled that their mother is now living in Elk Rapids.