AWARDED BY VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Laura was awarded the Herman-Mitchell Schwartz Award for her contribution to the achievement of equality of opportunity and treatment for women.
AWARDED BY VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Laura was awarded the Dorothy Day Service Award for her pro bono contributions to the community.
AWARDED BY THE MAIN LINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Laura was awarded the Emerging Leader Award for achievements in her career.
AWARDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Laura was awarded the Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Achievement for her achievements at University of South Carolina, including being the first student in school history to triple major, and she did so in three years.
MY FAVORITE DAY OF ALL, JULY 27, 1988
I am a Leo through and through. Lover of the spot light, courageous, fabulous hair, and kind hearted. Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon, Aires Rising. I am a 4/6 Manifestor here to change the world. Laura was awarded the Herman-Mitchell Schwartz Award for her contribution to the achievement of equality of opportunity and treatment for women.
Instead of going to pre-school, I sat in the cat-bird seat of my dad’s pickup truck and brought my coloring book and crayons to board meetings and negotiations. We had fun seeing how much I could absorb and laughing at everyone who underestimated a child at the board table. I learned about S-Corp’s and tax strategies as I was learning multiplication.
CLIMBING TREES AND MAKING FUR FRIENDS
We moved to a 140 acre farm in Chester County, PA when I was ten. The closest grocery store was twenty minutes away. After having lived on the highway where I would play puppet with the shadows of my feet on the wall as headlights drove by, the silence was enormous, and so were the fields and sky. The expansiveness was breathtaking and the adventures kicked my imagination in overdrive. It’s where I learned that anything is possible, and I am capable of anything.
FROM DOING BACK FLIPS TO WEARING A BACK BRACE
I absolutely love anything athletic and anything outdoors. I played three sports a season and went to nationals as a cheerleader. I think this is where my competitive nature started to show itself. As early as dance class when I was six, but I never recognized it until recently because I’m not competitive in the traditional sense. It’s in how I prepare. I work tirelessly to be the best I can be. I don’t care about competitors; I don’t remember outcomes; I only care about how I feel about how I performed, and I’ve never been dissatisfied. Sports helped me build my resilience and confidence. Everything we do bleeds into all of the other areas of our lives. We build strength and courage each time we show ourselves what we can overcome.
WHAT, LIKE IT’S HARD?
I went from studying in the sun to being buried in books while all of my best friends enjoyed their Senior year of college. I didn’t fit in. I was told I wouldn’t succeed. I was told I should just marry a hedge fund guy. So, I studied my ass off, made it to the top of my class, earned a job a top firm, got my JD & MBA at Villanova University in three years, and walked away with awards and one hell of a resume.
SECRETLY TURNING OFF ALL OF MY NOTIFICATIONS
It was all good, until it wasn’t. After law school, I started to have panic attacks. I was so excited to be a lawyer, and then I was working twelve plus hour days for months. I was taking over senior associate work on transactions as a first year as one after another left the firm. I was fainting in the middle of conversations and was tested for 30+ autoimmune diseases, due to the impacts of the stress on my body. I wanted to learn and be a lawyer so I could be the best entrepreneur I could be. But the cost was mounting, so I started saving money so I could leave and start my business. After six years, I felt like I had reached the point of diminishing returns. At that point, I wasn’t learning that much more, and I had saved enough to give me a long runway to figure out how to start a business.
WHERE YOUR FUR FRIENDS ARE WELCOME
I needed space for our team and started envisioning my dream space to work. Something that felt like home, that’s lush with plants, pet friendly and has great snacks. I had never been to a coworking space, but I decided to start one in July, started construction in November and opened Flourish Coworking Space in January. It’s a lush, sustainable and inspiring space to cowork, host events and has an energy and intention to support you in your life, career and business.
CAUSING MAYHEM AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT
I have two younger sisters, Lisa and Lindsay, who mean the world to me. Lisa is my free-spirit wild child, Scorpio through and through. She paves an unchartered path, and you’ll hear her a mile away. Lindsay is my calm, kindest person you’ll ever meet, for sure a Capricorn. She is the glue that always held us all together. My favorite moments are when we’re all together. It’s loud, it’s fun and it makes my heart happy.
DANCING ON CAT IGLOOS
Both of my parents are entrepreneurs. They inspire me tremendously and taught me so many of my philosophies in life by their actions more so than their words. That family comes first, that you can do anything you want with hard work, and that there is no budget for learning and education.
CONQUERING CLASSROOM CITY
I started my first business in fourth grade, in Classroom City, a game where you would create your business and sell your goods or services to the class. The business with the most profit at the end of the game won. I even did my own taxes. The winner got to name next year’s Classroom City after them, and I chose San Francesco. My teacher, Mrs. Salerni, is a large part of the reason I started to jump ahead in school (in addition to all my time spent in the cat-bird seat). She allowed me to study math several years ahead of where I was.
STUDYING BY THE POOL & PLAYING VOLLEYBALL
Growing up listening to Bloomberg TV (business news), I was set on studying International Business. I got into University of South Carolina, the number one school for International Business, and fell in love on my first trip there, soaking in the sun under the palmettos while the Northeast was still a cold rainy mess in March. I stacked my classes in the morning so I could study by the pool in the afternoon. I have a love for learning, and kept finding classes I wanted to take in business, so I ended up triple-majoring in three years in International Business, Finance and Real Estate. It would have been quadruple-majoring (in Economics as well), but I didn’t want to stay an extra semester.
SEWING THROUGH MY FINGER THE NIGHT BEFORE
In between studying for the exams, I started making evening gowns for photoshoots and fun. I placed first runner up at Miss PA USA and got to wear a gown that I designed, sewed by hand (with no experience), spent 200 hours creating, and decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals in front of hundreds of people. Training at 5 am, meal prepping and preparing for interviews. Competing in pageants has prepared me a ton for entrepreneurship and building a personal brand.
FROM MY COUCH TO MY COWORKING SPACE
After leaving big law, I planned to start slow and write a book and create contract templates and courses. I was only two weeks in when a former client tracked me down on Facebook and LinkedIn, and I landed a $4 billion deal with a Fortune 500 client as my first deal. So, I quickly started Dean Street Law and vowed to make it unlike any other law firm. I started a “come as you are” culture where employees could wear whatever they wanted to do their best work (no makeup required) with positive work policies. Our client base and work load grew very quickly, so I scaled the business to six figures and a team of 8 in just a few months.
FROM A PICNIC BLANKET WITH MY GOATS
Now, I’ve launched Wild Ambition, my framework for lifestyle design and how I accomplish all that I do; The Vault, 24/7 access to your legal mentor; The Shop filled with contract templates, courses and business resources; and I got back to writing my book that will be published this year.
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