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I help smart people in STEAM industries WORK SMARTER 

Using The Role Model Way!™ organizational learning and leadership development system

  1. New York New York Vegas Mission
    To empower smart people in STEAM industries to work smarter and make a greater impact through organizational learning and leadership development
  2. Seeing Clearly Vision
    To put an end to mediocrity in business and leadership where excellence is appreciated
  3. Values
    ⍟ Raise the bar ⍟ Never stop learning ⍟ Be the change you want to see in the world ⍟ Extreme accountability
About Me
"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow." -William Pollard​​
Role model concepts were imprinted on me at a young age by my grandfather. He was an inspiration to everyone he met: an admired husband and father, a limitless vault of advice, a great storyteller, and a respected business owner. Although it's been a long time since he has had ownership in the business he helped start in 1950, Wittock Plumbing Supply still operates today with a mission and values that speak to empowered employees, exceeding customer expectations, and environmental responsibility. 

Role model leaders like my grandfather are rare, especially those with business acumen as well as heart. I strive to live up to his legacy and am on a mission to help others use their role model superpowers to elevate themselves and the businesses they lead. 
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My Story

(INTJ, -A/-T)
"...Architects form just two percent of the population, and women of this personality type are especially rare, forming just 0.8% of the population... Architects radiate self-confidence and an aura of mystery, and their insightful observations, original ideas and formidable logic enable them to push change through with sheer willpower and force of personality. At times it will seem that Architects are bent on deconstructing and rebuilding every idea and system they come into contact with, employing a sense of perfectionism and even morality to this work.."

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 My personal and professional lives have taken many twists and turns. As most Gen X'ers I tend to relate my experience to those I've seen in movies and when I reflect back on my journey, I often think of Dorothy and the yellow brick road.  It's clear to me now, she was picking up the characteristics she needed to become a better person. One can develop the skills needed to be a role model!  

I started my first career job (20 years ago), as an assistant to an assistant and in just over 24 months I had designed and implemented a CRM for the global telemarketing company for no other reason then I had seen a problem that needed to be solved; I learned what needed to be done and did it. I was then asked to build the same system in Dublin, Ireland for the European sales office. This is when I discovered I had the smarts to do anything.

I would have loved to continue my Ireland experience for a decade, but in IT crash of 2001 the company folded along with thousands of others and I moved back to Florida. Having lived in a cold climate for the year, I came back with an impulsive desire to work outdoors so I followed my time in the upper latitudes with a BS degree in Biology from the University of South Florida. I landed a job in the local environmental government agency before graduating and stayed there for 10 years where I rapidly advanced from field staff to that awful place called middle management.  

While in that position I learned an abundance of new skills both personally and professionally. I helped to solve many issues, designed and delivered training, spoke at conferences, and after 10 years hit the proverbial ceiling and knew that I had what I needed to start my own consulting business. However, before doing that I went on a treck across the country in a class-A RV with my two cats from Tampa, Florida to Yosemite National Park, California, and back.  Many men and women express envy of the moxy and planning it takes to make a once in a lifetime trip like this. This is when I discovered I had the courage do anything.

I should mention, prior to resigning from my career and the epic trip across the country, I had been the relative caregiver of a 2-year-old and 4-year old. Imagine yourself working full time, plugging away on a second bachelors degree, volunteering to do performance evaluations in a nonprofit all while being a single mother with zero kid experience and a crazy baby-daddy on your tail. Then imagine the two-year-old is diagnosed with cancer. This is when I learned, I had the heart to do anything.

You'll be glad to know the story has a happy ending and the 2-year-old is now a happy healthy 7-year old, living with her mother. 

Since I can never stop learning and growing professionally, I added project management certification to the six sigma green belt certification, and designed a performance excellence framework, called The Role Model Way!  The Role Model Way! is intended to solve several issues I've experienced with existing frameworks and be a jumping board for leaders who are willing to stay on the journey to success even when the witches and evil flying monkeys are attacking!

To paraphrase dialogue from the 2011 movie, Troy (I'm a Gen X'er and can't help myself with this remember):
"Why did you choose this life?"
"What life?"
"A great consultant"
"It wasn't chosen, I was born and this is who I am." 
How I Work
As a Role Model, of course!
I strive to be the Role Model Business for other business consultants! Working hard to exceed your expectations at every touchpoint, every time!

Every organization has its own special culture, its own unique Mission, as well as its own individual problems.  I work with you to solve your biggest issues, get you to your next goal, and just improve all around by applying the Role Model Way!™ framework to your specific situation.

The Role Model Way!™ is a performance excellence framework (PEF) that repackages all the pieces of a traditional PEF into one that is dynamic and easy to follow.
Contact Me
  1. Testimonial from MBA and Colleague
    Laura is an energetic, self-motivated individual who has both great ideas and the ability to execute them in a timely and efficient manner. I have known Laura for several years. I have been very impressed with the passion that she has. Laura understands the need to set goals, measure and assess progress, and to re-evaluate and adjust a strategy to achieve the best possible results.
    Erin Kane
    "Great ideas and the ability to execute them in a timely and efficient manner"
  2. Testimonial from past entrepreneur client
    As a business owner, I panned to rebrand myself but I had no idea where to begin. Laura helped me prioritize my goals, evaluate if they were realistic, and most importantly - kept me on task. I’m one of those people who wants to jump right in but Laura helped me understand the “why” behind goal setting and the importance of moving forward step by step and creating a Strategic Plan. Laura introduced me to “Social Marketing”, a new concept to me but perfect to address my situation. She has helped me to excel in my new endeavor; her guidance has been invaluable and she is really easy to work with. Whether you are starting a new business or looking to make it to the next level in your performance journey, you need to hire Laura to make it happen. Her expertise knows no bounds, she has the ability to work with different types of organizations, local and internationally with no barriers to size. The unique and diverse experience she brings is priceless! ~Sherry Sexton, Pathways to Courage
    Sherry Sexton
    "Helped me understand the 'why'.... & the importance of a strategic plan"
  3. Testimonial environmental colleague
    I cannot say enough great things about Laura, knowing her on and off the job for several years now. Laura has all of the qualities you’d look for in a professional colleague – smart, creative, dedicated, supportive, team player. She has no reservations with taking the initiative or giving her full support to others that do the same. Her warmth, humor and positive outlook inspire confidence in everyone who has the pleasure of knowing her.
    Edmond Hughes
    "...all of the qualities you’d look for in a professional"
  4. Testimonial from past Executive Director of local environmental government agency
    Laura has been one of the most productive, energetic, and focused staff I have worked with. She is very knowledgeable in the Florida Sterling management methods, GIS programs, an excellent supervisor, managed our Pollution Recovery Program, excelled in Toastmaster's and was a team player in helping our agency achieve its goals.
    Rick Garrity PhD
    "A team player in helping our agency achieve its goals"