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{Professional bio}

You could give Laura Gmeinder pronounced: JUH-meyen-der many titles:  Curious Coach, Leadership Champion, Workplace Strategist, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Visibility Vixen or Dream Chaser but her favorite is: Passion Igniter.

Laura inspires her clients to discover and exploit their inner passion en route to greater teamwork and productivity. She thrives on the “WHY,” knowing that if people reflect and examine their inner selves—individual and team goals, aspirations and ambitions—their true desires will be revealed. And it’s that very authenticity that leads to personal growth, achievement and success.

One leader at a time.

As a nationally recognized motivational speaker and top rated speaker Laura truly shines. She has an innate ability to read her audience and quickly build trust. She knows just when to add a zinger or bit of sass to make a point or lighten the mood.  She leans heavy on her business savvy and sense of humor to give memorable engaging, entertaining, and educational presentations to groups of all ages - large and small.

 Photo courtesy of  Azeana Photography

Photo courtesy of Azeana Photography

Experience and Expertise

Laura pivoted a 14 year career in Human Resources into several successful businesses:

She is the Founder of Laura Gmeinder Coaching & Consulting, LLC providing services at the intersection of leadership and business strategy to emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and their teams.

Laura is the Vice President and emcee for the popular Disrupt Madison and Disrupt Milwaukee event experience.

She is the co-producer of "If You Don't, Who Will? Empowered Women Empowering Women" a short documentary which explores the question, why don't we have more women leaders?

Laura is a co-founder and board member for CultureCon

Laura also serves (or has served) in leadership roles for various nonprofits. She is the chair of the Events Planning Committee for the Doyenne Group (a women's entrepreneurial group) co-facilitating their quarterly business development workshops and Founder Series and provides one-on-one coaching as needed. She is a business coach for the MarketReady program.  She supports the Business Volunteers Network and sits on the Community Awards Selection Committee. She has been advising college women for over 10 years for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity

Laura is frequently mentioned in the media by publications like Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal's "Market Watch" and US News and World Report. She is a regular contributor for the International Coach Federation "Coach World" and has been interviewed for more than 20 podcast episodes.

Awards & Honors

Laura takes pride in giving back to the community that has given her so much. She is a 2018 BRAVA Magazine Woman to Watch. In 2016 she was celebrated as a member of the In Business Magazine 2016 "40 Under 40" class and was nominated for the Athena Young Professional Award.

Laura is a past president of the Junior League of Madison and a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison. 

Education and Professional Development

Laura holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Family and Consumer (Adult) Education.  She is a certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR). In addition, she has taken Life Coach training from the Coach Training Institute and studied laser coaching with Master Coach Marion Franklin. In addition, she has spent thousands of dollars and countless hours working with top coaches like Darcy Louma, Rebecca Tracy, Andrea Owen, Amy E Smith, Jessica Sisto and Jenn Scallia to grow her craft and cherry pick best practices to offer her clients a unique value proposition.

{ The Real Deal...My Story }

Thanks for stopping by. I'm just tickled pink you are here! (sorry, I know I am supposed to write this in 3rd person, but I don't always like to follow the rules and the sooner you embrace that, the better we will get along). 

About Me

I've always been driven to succeed.  I set personal goals and....blow them out of the water (well…mostly, or if I don't it's a hard fought lesson learned).  My college internship turned into a job before I graduated from college, which turned into a career.  I  worked with a dedicated team of co-workers who were my work family.  I really enjoyed coaching and counseling on employee issues, leadership development and so much more (I'd tell you but I am sworn to secrecy). My goal was to be promoted into management by the time I was 30.  When that imaginary deadline tiptoed up on me, and the career advancement opportunities I craved to make a deeper impact in my organization were few and far between and my personal life was...well, kind of a hot mess...I was lost. I had to ask myself some hard questions:

  I'm a risk taker! My first time sailing. A gorgeous day on the San Francisco bay.

I'm a risk taker! My first time sailing. A gorgeous day on the San Francisco bay.

Do I want to leave the company I love to get into management?

Do I love HR or is it just something I fell into? 

Should I start a new career? 

Why have I always wanted to start my own business?

Why do I feel so lost, like I'm floating down the stream of life?

Who DO I want to BE? (the elusive question that frustrated me the most!)

All of these questions scared the SH*T out of me!  My life was nothing like I expected it to be at 30. I was single, no husband in sight and certainly years away from being the world's best mom. It was a full blown quarter life crisis.

So what did I do?

I set out on an INTENSE journey to get to know myself.  I attended a intensive career change workshop, filled out assessments (like the DISC, Meyers Briggs and Strengths Finder) and soaked in knowledge provided by business development classes, coaching classes (CTI shout out), accepted leadership roles, and much more. I found comfort and confidence in volunteering (you always get more than you give!). I read books and blogs to plan and plot. One of my mentors reached out to me early on when she heard I started life coaching and wanted me to coach her....and well, everything snowballed from there. And with those first few clients I knew this was what I was meant to do, inspire people to be more. And the more I said yes to what energized me, the more success I was having personally and professionally. My quarter life crisis gave way to me starting a business (several actually). I've worked with hundreds of clients over the last 8 years. And I am just getting started.

My passion is working with ambitious women- emerging leaders and entrepreneurs- who are ready to make their mark: whether that’s a big promotion, a pivot to a new career or excitement (and a little fear) to start or grow their service business. I love helping my clients take a challenge and turn it into a SUCCESS!

I share a lot about the intersection of work and life so here's a snapshot of what makes me, me:

10 quirky facts about me:

  1. I am a Libra, so I am continually trying to find the perfect balance between my head and my heart....and everything in between.

  2. I am a business junkie. I love to wake up and read the Harvard Business Reviews "Management Tip of the Day". Smart is sexy!

  3. I have the soul of an artist. I love iphotography, graphic design, writing and live music. I love to capture life one memory at a time. Since I have embraced this fact about myself my joy has increased exponentially...ah self reflection.

  4. I LOVE standard poodles. If I see someone walking a poodle I will pull over to see if I can pet it. Sophie (my fur baby) does not approve.

  5. My life changed the day I realized that all the "good stuff" in life lives on the other side of my fear. My daily mantra is "Do one thing every day that scares you". It's the catalyst that pushed me to be the change I want to see in the world.

  6. I am drawn to water (although I'm an air sign). My perfect summer day is spent on a boat.

  7. I've lived in the same place my entire life. Tell it Dorothy! ("There's no place like home."). One of the many reasons I love to travel!

  8. Since I was a little girl, I have been asking "WHY?" much more than any situation calls for.

  9. I am an extrovert (ENFP) but am a little slow to warm-up to new people (I think other people call that shy). Networking events secretly overwhelm me...but then I just wait 10 minutes and the extrovert energy flows through my veins.

  10. I'm still trying to figure it all out, in the meantime I focus on being a better version of the person I was yesterday. The only thing I know for sure is that you can either live an extra ordinary life or an extraordinary one - and I pick the latter.