Laura has an MBA (Leadership Studies) from Marquette University. She worked for 15 years for Northwestern Mutual and was responsible for enterprise software, usability testing, and technology research. She served as the Executive Director of an Education Foundation for 4 years before joining the School District of New Berlin. During her 5.5 years there, she represented the Superintendent in local, regional and state efforts designed to support a strong talent pipeline for the benefit of students as well as the state economy. She holds a Scaled Agilist certification to inform strategic planning and implementation efforts. She also supports the MKE Tech Hub initiative, the Wisconsin Affiliate of the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT), co-leads the Talent Pipeline action team of Advancing AI Wisconsin, and serves on the national advisory board for the AI4K12 initiative.