Advocate Claire Warren Ginnan strengthens Corning's communities
Claire creates community wherever she goes. She knows community is vital to building the future of Corning.
Growing up, Claire could not have imagined a life in Corning, New York.
"I'm from the Caribbean, and the idea of living in the frigid north was not in the plan," she laughs. "But from the beginning, the company and the people did an awesome job of helping me build a network and showing me what was possible here."
That was more than 20 years ago. Claire's full-time position at Corning followed three summers as an intern. She'd discovered the ceramics field in high school and while interning at Rutgers University, and Corning's technology and approach to problem-solving reeled her in.
When Claire built a family here, her tie to Corning – both the company and the community – was cemented.
"I certainly felt connected to the company soon after I joined, and even as an intern," Claire says. "But marrying someone from the area solidified that relationship with the community. I have now lived longer in Corning than anywhere else in the world!"
Today, Claire supports Corning’s global capital management processes. It's a job she loves, but building community – both inside and outside the company – is key for Claire.
Claire’s a board member for a local nature center that puts on STEM programming for children and offers education for all ages. She’s dedicated to chipping away at the hardships facing underserved populations in nearby Elmira, N.Y. She eagerly applies for grants and funding on behalf of Corning Community College to augment resources for students. And she’s fostered the spirit of community in her daughters by her own example, and by bringing her family to volunteer at the nearby food bank.
"I see their drive and sensitivity, their ability to empathize and support other people, in the way they interact with each other," Claire said. "They echo our actions and our words."
Community- and empathy-building follow Claire to work, too.
At the office, Claire adds professional and employee resource groups (ERGs) to her to-do list.
Claire believes in building self-advocacy skills through public speaking. As she developed her own skills, she extended her reach to hold leadership positions up to the district level in Toastmasters, an international public speaking and professional development organization. She participates with chapters both within the company and in the local community.