The Lesser-Known Reality of Rare Disease

Memorial at the Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza, Washington University School of Medicine. The pandemic has demonstrated a lot of things about the medical community and the reality of disease in this day and age. For one thing, when something like COVID affects the entire global population, all hands are on deck in figuring this thing out. There is no end to the necessary resources like time and the energy of the greatest minds in the scientific...

The Lesser-Known Reality of Rare Disease

Memorial at the Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza, Washington University School of Medicine. The pandemic has demonstrated a lot of things about the medical community and the reality of disease in this day and age. For one thing, when something like COVID affects the entire global population, all hands are on deck in figuring this thing out. There is no end to the necessary resources like time and the energy of the greatest minds in the scientific community. Many of us can see the value of putting so much into solving one of the most difficult challenges of our time. However, when disease affects far fewer people, it is difficult to get the necessary resources and media...

The Lesser-Known Reality of Rare Disease

The Lesser-Known Reality of Rare Disease

Memorial at the Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza, Washington University School of Medicine. The pandemic has demonstrated a lot of things about the medical community and the reality of disease in this day and age. For one thing, when something like COVID affects the entire...

Clayco Rising — A Hub for Diversity and Inclusion Impact

Clayco Rising — A Hub for Diversity and Inclusion Impact

In building, everything starts from the ground up. 25 years ago, we started building diverse and inclusive practices into our company, while also shifting things in the industry. We were the first to introduce a diversity and inclusion program, and have continued to...

Arts Initiative—Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Arts Initiative—Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Both in my personal engagements and at Clayco, I do what I can to support and promote the arts because I believe they are crucial to our success. One of the newest initiatives we are taking on through the Clayco Foundation is a Future Leaders Fellowship program. This...

Mentorship, Empowerment, and Leadership Development

Mentorship, Empowerment, and Leadership Development

Building the world that we want to live in is our responsibility, and this goes beyond just constructing buildings. If we only focus on creating opportunities for ourselves alone, the industry and the community suffer, which in turn limits the potential for everybody....

Diversity and Racial Equality

Diversity and Racial Equality

My real wake-up call to racial inequality and the lack of diversity in my industry occurred on the very first day I opened the Clayco office in St. Louis. It was in a disadvantaged part of town and an 11-year-old African-American boy approached me asking for a job....

Rare Disease

Rare Disease

Rare disease, and in particular cerebroretinal vasculopathy (CRV), is acutely personal for my family, having lost two beloved family members to this devastating illness. The first member of the family to succumb to CRV was David Lending, Ellen’s father, who died at...

Some of the key choices we get to make in this life are the things that we prioritize, both with our finances and with our energy and efforts. Over the course of my life, my priorities have shifted immensely, and I now spend a large amount of my time focusing on the work that our foundation is doing, as well as being engaged in impactful community efforts. The majority of the work that we are a part of is aimed at issues directly affecting my family and the Clayco community. Some of the causes most dear to us involve funding for medical research on cancer and rare disease as well as support for the patients and families experiencing these illnesses firsthand; partnering with organizations that strive to create a more diverse workforce and those that seek to empower young girls to reach their potential; utilizing our role in various communities to offer support and guidance for job seekers and business leaders; and prioritizing sustainability in building as well as alignment with the UN initiative for sustainable development.

As a builder, I think one of the greatest impacts that my industry can have is to shape the environments and the spaces that we live in. Although I do this in my work with Clayco, it is fun to work on extra projects to create fun spaces for community enjoyment. The Ellen Clark Sculpture Park on the campus of St. Louis University is an outdoor public space and sculpture park featuring the work of Brother Mel Meyer. What I love about it is that it has become an unofficial dog park that is beloved by the community and was voted the Best Dog Park in St. Louis the past two years!

While financial contributions towards these initiatives are of great importance to me, it is equally critical to participate in a hands-on manner. I am ardently committed to being involved in politics on a local and national level and cannot stress enough the importance of the vote, having personally seen the effect on vital issues like stem cell research. Furthermore, I spend a lot of time being active on boards and committees, and as a member of various organizations and clubs. Beyond what I can contribute, one of the most meaningful ways to generate impact has been to extend these opportunities to Clayco’s employees. By encouraging them to donate time and company-backed finances to organizations aligned with Clayco’s values, I have been personally rewarded by witnessing the effect it has had on the community and all aspects of the business.

Some of the key choices we get to make in this life are the things that we prioritize, both with our finances and with our energy and efforts.

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Diversity and Racial Equality

Diversity and Racial Equality

My real wake-up call to racial inequality and the lack of diversity in my industry occurred on the very first day I opened the Clayco...

Rare Disease

Rare Disease

Rare disease, and in particular cerebroretinal vasculopathy (CRV), is acutely personal for my family, having lost two beloved family...

Some of the key choices we get to make in this life are the things that we prioritize, both with our finances and with our energy and efforts. Over the course of my life, my priorities have shifted immensely, and I now spend a large amount of my time focusing on the work that our foundation is doing, as well as being engaged in impactful community efforts. The majority of the work that we are a part of is aimed at issues directly affecting my family and the Clayco community. Some of the causes most dear to us involve funding for medical research on cancer and rare disease as well as support for the patients and families experiencing these illnesses firsthand; partnering with organizations that strive to create a more diverse workforce and those that seek to empower young girls to reach their potential; utilizing our role in various communities to offer support and guidance for job seekers and business leaders; and prioritizing sustainability in building as well as alignment with the UN initiative for sustainable development.

While financial contributions towards these initiatives are of great importance to me, it is equally critical to participate in a hands-on manner. I am ardently committed to being involved in politics on a local and national level and cannot stress enough the importance of the vote, having personally seen the effect on vital issues like stem cell research. Furthermore, I spend a lot of time being active on boards and committees, and as a member of various organizations and clubs. Beyond what I can contribute, one of the most meaningful ways to generate impact has been to extend these opportunities to Clayco’s employees. By encouraging them to donate time and company-backed finances to organizations aligned with Clayco’s values, I have been personally rewarded by witnessing the effect it has had on the community and all aspects of the business.

Some of the key choices we get to make in this life are the things that we prioritize, both with our finances and with our energy and efforts. Over the course of my life, my priorities have shifted immensely, and I now spend a large amount of my time focusing on the work that our foundation is doing, as well as being engaged in impactful community efforts. The majority of the work that we are a part of is aimed at issues directly affecting my family and the Clayco community. Some of the causes most dear to us involve funding for medical research on cancer and rare disease as well as support for the patients and families experiencing these illnesses firsthand; partnering with organizations that strive to create a more diverse workforce and those that seek to empower young girls to reach their potential; utilizing our role in various communities to offer support and guidance for job seekers and business leaders; and prioritizing sustainability in building as well as alignment with the UN initiative for sustainable development.

While financial contributions towards these initiatives are of great importance to me, it is equally critical to participate in a hands-on manner. I am ardently committed to being involved in politics on a local and national level and cannot stress enough the importance of the vote, having personally seen the effect on vital issues like stem cell research. Furthermore, I spend a lot of time being active on boards and committees, and as a member of various organizations and clubs. Beyond what I can contribute, one of the most meaningful ways to generate impact has been to extend these opportunities to Clayco’s employees. By encouraging them to donate time and company-backed finances to organizations aligned with Clayco’s values, I have been personally rewarded by witnessing the effect it has had on the community and all aspects of the business.