For Newly Promoted Leaders
Laura is a professional speaker focusing on the “Power of Moving From Me to We” and sharing her experience as a Combat Veteran. As a consultant, Laura helps newly promoted leaders do the right things the right way and move from surviving to thriving.
Laura grew up in Minocqua and Waupaca, WI. She attended UW-Madison from 2000-2006 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology.
She concurrently served in the Army National Guard from March 2001-2009 as a Military Police Officer. Laura deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from March 2003 to July 2004.
After graduating from UW-Madison, Laura taught Physical Education in Aylesbury, England in 2007.
In 2008, she worked as an Activities Director in Fargo, ND for individuals with special needs.
Laura worked as a physical education teacher and Dean of Students at Madison West High School from 2008-2017.
She received a master's in Educational Leadership through Cardinal Stritch in 2011 and a master's in Experiential Education from UW-LaCrosse in 2012.
She assumed the role of Waupaca Middle School Principal from 2017-2021.
She is now a leadership consultant and professional speaker with Strategic Leaders Academy. Her focus is helping newly promoted leaders thrive in their new positions and master their added responsibilities and challenges.
Author of "How to Pee Standing Up/Sirens: An alarming memoir of combat and coming back home."
Has appeared on PBS, Veteran Radio, NPR, and a variety of podcasts