Laura is an enthusiastic finance leader with two decades of experience building and leading startup and hyper growth companies. She began her career in public accounting as an auditor with Deloitte and moved into private accounting at venture-backed startups. She served in corporate controller, M&A, and CFO roles in startups across various industries, from travel, fashion, and lifestyle to renewable energy and technology.
Today Laura is a strategic advisor, external CFO, and coach to startups, middle market growing companies, and executives, combining her expansive finance career with her love of people to help people and companies achieve their absolute best. She serves in part-time and project- based CFO roles, and coaches entrepreneurs and CEO’s in financial empowerment – helping them step fully into their roles as financial leaders of their organizations, and embrace rather than fear finance. She also hosts finance workshops, CEO roundtables, and is a speaker for events and seminars. Laura’s greatest joy is working with people to help them achieve their goals and live fulfilling, rewarding lives.
Laura graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Management with a degree in business, earned her MBA from Babson College with a focus in entrepreneurship, and is a CPA. She also holds Series 63 and 79 securities licenses for investment banking.
Laura is an active member of the community, serving as an advisor to growing businesses as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, as a professor of corporate finance and strategy at California Lutheran University, and as a board member for several nonprofits. In 2018 Laura was honored to receive the Women’s Business Award from Comerica Bank and the Los Angeles Lakers, for her contributions and leadership in business and entrepreneurship, as well as the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Trusted Advisor “Trailblazer” Award.