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I met Laura for the first time in 1994. She was hired as the senior marketing consultant for our mutual client, and we’d both traveled to San Francisco for the first project meeting. It’s an understatement to say that I was in awe of her reputation and achievements as an accomplished public relations executive. She was fresh from a long-term assignment in Paris, and I was just a couple of years into my career.
That meeting changed my career—but also my life. Laura became my mentor on this project, but more importantly, on many professional and personal issues in the years to follow. I admire her for so many reasons, from her strong moral and ethical code to her devotion to family and friends, an incredibly kind heart and unparalleled intellectual curiosity. She is also really funny! Laura has been there for me at so many critical moments—negotiating for my first promotion/raise, navigating cross-country moves, picking up the pieces following the death of my parents, and, of course, dealing with many trivial (or seemingly important at the time) day-to-day trials.
While Laura will leave a legacy of many professional accomplishments—including running a global P&L business for a leading public relations firm and founding and operating a yoga studio—I have no doubt that as she looks back on what her time on this earth has been about it will be the difference that she has made for so many people. I feel extremely fortunate and grateful to be among those whose lives she has enriched.