About

Laura has spoken across the United States and internationally — at universities, companies, conferences, accelerators, a TEDx stage, and a military base — each time customizing her message to the audience in ways that get them to think differently and do more.

Laura was one of six featured speakers at TEDxCambridge in the fall of 2016. This premier event celebrates the remarkable innovation, creativity, and inspiration found within New England.

In her talk, Laura implored the audience of 2,600 to Stop Asking “How Can I Help?” and taught them, instead, how to ask a better question: one which empowers us all to finally fix the big problems we face by actually serving the solutions, and not just the problems of our own egos.

Speaking Topics

Stop Asking “How Can I Help?”

We all feel a calling to serve, to solve the big problems.  Each time we hear of a terrible situation, in our homes, our communities, our places of work, or the world at large, we ask ourselves, “How Can I Help?”  And, we get in the way of actually helping.  In this talk, Laura implores audiences to stop asking this question, and to ask a better one, one that brings a fundamental shift in how we go about solving our most vexing of problems.  This talk reframes the question, and gets entrepreneurs, staff, donors, volunteers, and investors out of their own way, so that we can finally solve our big problems.

Finding Your Leadership Voice

At every stage of our careers, drilling down to our fundamental state of leadership matters. For those young and old, this topic speaks to those trying to find or amplify their voice towards making change in the world.  Audience members come away from this talk understanding their unique leadership voice, and excited to apply that voice in its highest and best purpose in the big problems we must collectively work to solve.

Building a Career of Purpose

Building a career of purpose entails taking ownership over the change sought in the world and the collection of levers and resources necessary to make that change. Topics covered include skill development, network enhancement, and storytelling.  This talk is personalized to the age of the audience, from audiences mapping out their career’s first ten years, all the way to audiences trying to carve out a purpose-driven retirement or encore career.

Transitioning from Corporate to Nonprofit Work

More than ever before, the nonprofit sector has become a place for those looking to give back.  The impetus is there, but the knowledge of how to make the shift remains elusive.  In easy to digest steps, Laura breaks down the complexities of the nonprofit sector and outlines concrete steps necessary for graduate students, mid-life job changers, and encore careerists alike to make the nonprofit sector their next home.

What’s Your Impact?

Aimed at those trying to figure it out, or become aligned in personality, passion, and purpose, this talk lights a fire within that catalyzes energy and excitement towards making a difference. It asks fundamental questions about the change one seeks, the resources at hand, and the steps needed to take to move towards that impact.

TESTIMONIALS

  • Want a no nonsense speaker who can both charm and change your audience? Then hire Laura. You can always count on her to deliver the hard truths of business, leadership, and success -- all while keeping the audience engaged and entertained.

    Tamsen Webster
    Executive Producer, TEDxCambridge, Cambridge, MA
    Founder/CEO, Strategic Speaking
  • Laura is dynamic, authoritative, expert in leadership and discipline, and best of all, as a speaker, she delivers pithy, memorable, funny, insightful, and USEFUL guidance and inspiration to impact the journey of those with whom she connects. She is generous with her time, and a collaborative partner in making an event all it can be. For Girl Starter LIVE, Laura delivered powerful advice to female entrepreneurs and leaders of all ages, and followed up one on one with members of our audience.  We were so fortunate  to have her with us.  

    Dani Davis
    Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer
    Girl Starter, New York, New York
  • I have had the privilege of working with Laura and to think of some simple words to sum up her awesomeness is quite a challenge. She is dynamic, passionate, and inspires action in her audiences. Her passion to inspire positive change in others is ever present and she is a complete pro in all that she does. I highly recommend Laura for your next event.

    Phil Jones
    Award-winning international speaker, author and trainer
    London, UK
  • Laura spoke for American Dream U at our event in Camp Zama, Japan. She shared the opportunities that the transitioning men and women of our Nation’s military have in the nonprofit world. She helped the audience think outside the box when it comes to transitioning back into the civilian workforce. We can’t wait to have her speak at another military installation in the future!

    Jess Holland
    Director of Business Development
    American Dream U, Camp Zama Japan
  • Laura was great! The talk was extremely interesting, engaging, and concrete. As the host of the event, I got a lot of positive feedback from the audience members after the session. 

    Shira Weinberg
    Co Founder
    LeadWith, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • We had the pleasure of having Laura speak at our Nonprofit Symposium in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Leading up to the event, she and  her team were easy to work with which eliminated a lot of stress that goes into planning a conference. Laura brings years of experience, insight, and enthusiasm to her presentations. I would definitely recommend booking Laura if you're looking for someone who is intelligent, fun to work with, dependable, and an all around great presenter. 

    Maggie Ortlieb
    Marketing Coordinator
    Armanino LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Upcoming Talks

Boston, MA
September 25-28, 2017

Bratislava, Slovakia
October 24-25, 2017

Paris, France
November 30-December 1, 2017

Past Talks

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Speaking Fees:

Laura’s speaking fees for keynotes and in-person engagements range from $10,000 to $15,000, depending on the location, duration, and level of customization you need.

Included in Laura’s fee:

  • One pre-event planning call with event organizers
  • A 60-90 minute keynote presentation
  • Attendance at one event-related promotional activity

Half of the fee is expected when the date is locked in and the contract is signed; the other half is expected upon completion of the talk.  Travel is charged as one flat fee, to be remitted with the initial payment. Travel fees will vary on distance of travel.

Are there special discounts for nonprofits?  Laura gets this question a lot, given that she has spent 25 years in service to nonprofits and donates an enormous amount of her knowledge and network on behalf of organizations she holds dear.  The simple answer is this: yes though not often, but it is worth an ask.

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