Meet Laura

meet lauraHey there!  My name is Laura and I’m a life and small biz strategist, and licensed clinical social worker helping people worldwide package their expertise for profit while designing lives that make their hearts sing.

You cannot live freely if you live unconsciously.

I really believe that, and I’m on a mission to help people really dig deep to wake up to their power, passion, purpose, and potential.  My own path to becoming more aware of my identity, unique gifts, purpose, passions, needs and desires, has added a renewed zest to my own life and my work with my clients.

My journey to this place has been interesting. I’ve always had a passion for helping others, and it’s taken various forms over the years. Here is how I do it these days:

So, how did I get here? I’m glad you asked!

I’m a strategist by nature.  When I first started doing coaching work independently (almost six years ago) majority of my clients were looking to advance in their careers.  Most of them were stressed and often on the verge of burnout.  They had skills and loved aspects of their work, but felt somewhat unfulfilled.

As we would start working together, and began to uncover what was going on with them, many discovered that they had a desire to do some of the same work but on their own terms.  Our focus began to shift from helping them be better employees to helping them figure out how to monetize their skills for themselves.

My practice grew organically from this point from a career focus to working with service-provider entrepreneurs like coaches, consultations, trainers, financial services professionals, health and wellness professionals, and beauty professionals.  Basically, those who are offering their skills and expertise in exchange for money.

I help people package their skills, experience, personality traits, and unique talents to create a profitable business.

Many times people equate a skill set with a business.  Although a skill set may be the foundation of your service-based business, it’s the systems and processes that you add to those skills that help you to really help people AND make money.

I use my diverse background in business, program development, and social work to help heart-centered entrepreneurs “productize” their skill sets to create consistent cash flow in their businesses.

I love teaching others how to do this – especially since ALL of my entrepreneurial endeavors to date are a case of packaging MY expertise for profit.

Additionally, as a licensed clinical social worker and trained therapist, I help people do this without losing themselves and their minds in the process.  I believe your business is an extension of you, so it’s critical to focus on both your head and heart work. This means dealing with fear, negative mindsets, and self-sabotage head on, in addition to creating a solid business strategy, to truly create the life you desire.

And here we are.

I’m living my dreams, making money doing what I love, and building an empire rooted in love, purpose, and empowerment.  And I’m on a mission to help others do the same in their businesses and in their lives.

If you are one of those that really like to get down to the nitty gritty, here are my credentials…

I received my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Management from Washington University in St. Louis.  I obtained my Master’s in Social Work from DePaul University, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois. For the last 15 years, I’ve been developing personal and professional development programs for youth and adults and integrating coaching and therapeutic strategies into all of my work. I also hold a Visiting Appointment as a Senior Research Specialist at the University of Illinois Chicago, where my expertise is sought out to develop literacy, career development, economic empowerment, and life skills programs for youth and adults across the city of Chicago.   You can click the link below to view my official bio.

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When I’m not coaching, teaching, writing, or speaking, I can be found acting silly and singing at home with my musician/artist husband (Mr. Knights), our sweet kiddos (Kai & MJ), and our canine kid (Rocco).

I LOVE to laugh and eat (who doesn’t?). I’m multi-passionate, and have my hands in a few other things that make me squeal with delight. Check out my other projects below.

I think that’s about it.   Thanks for stopping by.
Sending love and light,

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