Lisa Clemence (COM’01)
The art of communication
In high school, Lisa Clemence (COM’01) loved science but had no plans to be a scientist: She was a writer at heart. Communicating about science—especially health care—was the way she wanted to help others. So after graduating from COM, Clemence headed into corporate communications in the health and biotech sciences.
“My first communications job was for General Electric,” says the Cape Cod native, “a job I landed thanks to help from BU’s Center for Career Development.” That evolved into other corporate communications positions around the country; today, Clemence is back in New England with the biotech company Sanofi Genzyme in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her job as director of corporate communications for the rare diseases division involves informing the public about Genzyme’s therapies for patients with diseases such as thyroid cancer and genetic conditions caused by enzyme deficiencies. “I think COM prepared me very well,” Clemence says, by launching her communications career in companies that are “working to make people’s lives better.”
Financial aid helped. “BU was where I wanted to be, but it was expensive,” she says. “So financial aid was always part of the equation. I could not have attended COM without the package I had, plus other community grants. Together, these made it possible to attend and to graduate debt-free.”
That’s why Clemence has been donating to COM since 2003. “Giving back to BU, where I was given such a terrific launchpad, means helping someone else have the opportunity I had. I’m lucky to be in a position to give back.”
What’s next for Clemence? “Right now, I’m just happy to be back in the city,” she says. “The job at Sanofi Genzyme is a challenge and I’m really enjoying it. I love Boston, and I love being able to see that Citgo sign again!”
Class Spirit and Remembrance
Alumna’s planned gift will help her class endow a suite in the School of Medicine’s new Medical Student Residence in honor of their 50th reunion.