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AREVA Leads ‘Crucial’ Training for UNC Charlotte Engineering Leadership Academy Students

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April 22, 2014

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 22, 2014 – AREVA welcomed more than 25 University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) Lee College of Engineering Leadership Academy students to its North American Headquarters in Charlotte in March for a ‘Crucial Conversations’ training class.

The class, “Crucial Conversations®: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High,” was developed by VitalSmarts® to teach skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. AREVA donated the course materials and employees facilitated the session.

“‘Crucial Conversations’ is one of the most valuable training classes offered to AREVA employees, as clear, effective communications in the office and in the field help to ensure the continued safety and quality of our operations,” said Gary Mignogna, senior vice president, Engineering & Projects North America, and member of the UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering Leadership Academy Advisory Board. “We were happy to be able to share the training with these young engineering leaders, and AREVA plans to continue this partnership by offering training opportunities annually to Engineering Leadership Academy students.”

“The ‘Crucial Conversations’ training provided by AREVA fits so well within the Engineering Leadership Academy’s leadership development curriculum,” said Donald Blackmon, director of the UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering Leadership Academy. “We are so thankful to AREVA for making this training available, and for their continued support of our programs.”

UNCC Engineering Leadership Academy students at AREVA

UNCC Engineering Leadership Academy students collaborate during the “Crucial Conversations®” training hosted by AREVA. The course teaches participants how to create alignment and agreement in high-emotion, high-stakes situations.

Group photo of UNCC Engineering Leadership Academy students at AREVA

More than 25 UNCC Engineering Leadership Academy students completed “Crucial Conversations®” training at AREVA in March 2014.


Lauren Hultz
AREVA Site Communications
Charlotte, N.C.
(704) 805-2479

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AREVA provides its customers with solutions for low-carbon power generation in North America and all over the world. As the leader in nuclear energy and a significant, growing player in the renewable energies sector, AREVA combines U.S. and Canadian leadership, access to worldwide expertise and a proven track record of performance. Sustainable development is a core component of AREVA’s strategy. Its more than 4,000 U.S. and Canadian employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people. AREVA Inc. is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter: @AREVAinc.

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