Bernadette Clavier is the Director of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business which educates insightful leaders for social and environmental change. Prior to this, she was in charge of the center’s social innovation programs and before that of its communications, digital strategy, and conferences.
Bernadette came to the US from France where she worked as Vice President of Seasonal Products for E. Leclerc, the French retail chain equivalent of Wal-Mart. Sourcing over 40,000 SKUs from around the world, she witnessed first hand the challenges of the global supply chain, including human rights and social and environmental issues, and contributed to growing the nascent corporate citizenship culture of her organization. She developed a first of its kind assortment selection online tool which gave the organization an edge in the seasonal category. She pioneered e-commerce in France making E. Leclerc the first hypermarket nationwide to offer products online for the 1998 holiday season. As the Toys Category Manager at the E. Leclerc central buying office from 1992 to 1997 she consistently maintained a #1 position on the market, constantly innovating communications. Prior to joining E.Leclerc Bernadette relaunched Erector Set in France as a brand manager for toy maker Meccano.
She sits on the board of ICSF, a nonprofit consulting organization that supports the scaling of social ventures. She holds an MBA from H.E.C. Paris, speaks French, English, and German and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. In her spare time she created an organic food program for Bay Area schools, advocates for autism spectrum disorders awareness, and works as part of The Climate Reality Project team.
Specialties: Social innovation, social entrepreneurship, responsible business, Web & e-commerce strategy, product and category management, brand development, promotion and advertising, negotiation.