Laura specializes in executive and leadership development, team and organizational effectiveness, and strategic alignment of organizations. She has a special interest in expanding the capacity of leaders and teams to lead in complex environments while building great organizations where people thrive as they move forward to affect positive social change. Laura has served as the CEO of the Louisiana SPCA, chief operating officer of The Humane Society of the United States, senior vice president at ASPCA, chief operating officer of Panthera (a global conservation organization) and in leadership for institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Laura holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in secondary science education. She has also earned certifications from The Neuroscience Academy in how to implement evidence-based neuroscience strategies in the workplace, and from Georgetown University in executive coaching and change leadership. Laura is a master team coach and certified administrator of The Team Diagnostic Survey™, the most rigorous and widely validated assessment on team effectiveness in existence, The Leadership Circle 360 Assessment, and is a certified maturity leadership/vertical development coach with advanced training in effective teaming, entrepreneurship, mastermind group facilitation and compassion fatigue. She is a former member of the Forbes Coaching Council and serves as the board chair for a gorilla conservation organization (GRACE) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a director for Wild Welfare U.S., and is a strategic advisor to the International Rhino Foundation and the Okapi Conservation Project.