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Laura Clydesdale's professional biography


Laura Clydesdale
Executive Coach / Senior Consultant
Joan Lloyd & Associates


Laura Clydesdale is pleased to team with Joan Lloyd & Associates after spending over a decade coaching executives from around the world. From senior executive coaching experience at a multinational corporation’s international division, to coaching high potentials at one of the largest retailers in the U.S., Laura has extensive experience at every corporate level.   

Laura draws from a deep and unique operational skill set from throughout her corporate career. She has excelled in process improvement, Six Sigma, finance and compliance while also leading the key functions of leader development and training.  Taking these experiences with her, she struck out on her own, launching a successful retail business and later an executive coaching practice and leadership blog. 

Prior to starting her own businesses, Laura managed the The GAP Inc.’s MBA program (Accelerated Development Program) and led the integration team to take the Banana Republic’s paper catalog to it’s current, on-line platform.  During her career at GE Plastics, she was based in Singapore and lead the Asia-Pacific roll-out of Six Sigma in their finance division and was also a member of GE’s Corporate Audit Staff. 

Laura’s blog about girls leadership is called Lead Up, and can be found here. 

Laura had an epiphany one day when she noticed her then 10-year-old daughter exhibiting some of the same career-derailing traits as many of her female clients.  Did it really start this early, she wondered?  Laura decided to leverage her 15 years of experience as a leadership development consultant to delve deep into the world of girls leadership.  She started her blog to chronicle the journey she was taking with her daughter.  Laura’s early history in finance and auditing compels her to conduct extensive research and seek fact-based solutions for the topics she tackles.  However, Laura is unique in that her persuasive points are always woven together with an irresistible human element to create her unique stories.  

Laura lives and works in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two children where she also enjoys sinking her teeth into big philanthropic projects that make a commensurately big impact like Notes & Words and              


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