Meet Laura Freedman, Financial Advisor at UBS, former HR Executive and the upcoming presenter Career Coaching at The Center for Women, on Thursday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Laura graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. She also has an Executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Laura has professional experience in sales, operations, training, organizational development, executive consulting, human resources, and finance. She says, “I’m highly experienced in career transitions and I’ve never been bored! During my 40s, I transformed my career from people planning and strategy to financial planning and strategy. I believe the process of reinvention has no timeline or expiration date.”
Laura’s personal philosophy on career growth? “Be a pragmatic optimist. You can create an incredibly successful career(s). However, every choice involves trade-offs. Take a clear-eyed view of what matters most. Then make your decisions from a place of strength and clarity.”
Laura says her biggest challenge at work is also one of the most rewarding aspects for her. “It’s helping people have the hard financial conversations. The ones most of us would rather avoid. Conversations about aging, dependency, death, and the legacy we leave behind.”
Laura began her work with The Center for Women after a client told her about the program. “I was sharing my passion for helping women succeed professionally and financially with a woman I had just met. She told me about The Center for Women. I met Becky and was so impressed with her enthusiasm, commitment, and what she had accomplished. The rest is history.” When she’s not helping individuals with career decisions or clients with financial decisions, she enjoys spending time with family. “I especially love days without anything ‘scheduled’.” She’s also an avid reader, saying learning is a hobby for her. And she also loves Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She says that “The sport is analogous to a physical game of chess.” When asked what might surprise someone about her, Laura shared that for her math is meditation, it relaxes and clears her mind.
Join Laura on September 17th for her next Career Coaching session. The topics covered will be tailored to the needs of the group and can include: interviewing and relationship building skills, handling difficult people and conversations, negotiating pay and promotions, or setting career goals and building a plan; really the sky is the limit because of the wealth of knowledge Laura brings to these sessions.