Bernadette is the director of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford GSB. The center 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 United States 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 firsthand 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 that 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. 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 HEC Paris, speaks French and English, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. In her spare time she advises social entrepreneurs, advocates for autism spectrum disorders awareness, and works as part of the Climate Reality Project team.