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I Help Organizations
Solve Product and Experience Problems

 

EXPERIENCE

In her various roles she has worked with startups like Telespine and Sopris Health to large corporations like Nutrien and Aetna to guide product and user experience -- connecting all the signals from current and future customers, weaving product requirements and business imperatives into cohesive, beautiful experiences, managing and mentoring teams, both large and small to ensure iteration and growth is happening personally, professionally and at a team level, and driving product innovation through data-based decisions with the customer’s needs in mind. Laura cross-trained in a variety of business categories, from Fortune 50 companies to small, high-tech startups. She built a UX team for iTriage, one of the very first healthcare apps ever to hit the Apple app store, which eventually saw usage of 20 million users and was acquired by Aetna. She additionally ran a team for the second-most used government app (behind the NASA app), called Your Texas Benefits App.

 

At Pearson Higher Education, Laura developed and trained the global UX and product organization on a hybrid agile methodology to improve coordination and communication and reduce silos across the 40,000 employee organization. She additionally managed two of Pearson's key innovation initiatives: a collaboration with IBM Watson on using AI to enhance learning and teaching experiences and a ground-up re-imagination of the technology platform that all Pearson software was built upon. She currently has an active patent-pending on a predictive experience she developed while working with their data analytics team.

 

Laura is an innovative and strategic product and user experience leader with extensive experience managing the life cycle of user-centered design projects from conceptualization to launch. She has worked with notable companies like the Cincinnati Zoo, Allstate, Ferrari, BMW, Teva Pharmaceutical, Aetna, FirstData, and Pearson Higher Education.

Over the past 24 years, Laura has leveraged her pioneering leadership and vision in UX to drive teams toward usable, intuitive product design.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are an area where Laura really shines. In the time of COVID-19, the need to stay safe has definitely required Laura to up her game with remote collaboration tools, but she has found the online workshops to be just as successful now that everyone has adapted to the expectations of this new reality. 

Laura offers workshops for organizations wanting to do Lean Canvas, Design Sprints or Design Ideation Sessions. She helps companies with product prioritization activities (Value vs. Complexity, Kano Model, Dot Voting, etc.), Customer Journey Mapping, Persona Creation, Empathy Mapping, and has experience facilitating SAFe quarterly and portfolio level organization planning activities.

CASE STUDIES

Through the 24 years of work and hundreds of products Laura has worked on, these are a few featured case studies which highlight challenges she has overcome, problems she has solved, and products that she is enormously proud of. 

Please contact Laura for access to the full case studies.

 
 
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“Laura is a focused, passionate and driven Design Manager. Along with the many projects and programs that she managed her design teams across, she was also a committed leader in helping us grow and evolve the Experience Design practice at large, working to establish better processes, ways of working and creative culture. During her time with us, she was tasked with a couple of the more aggressive and challenging projects at the time, which caused her to navigate some turbulent waters, juggle many (and I stress many) stakeholders while keeping the design team focused and driving forward. ” 

 

—  David Schell, VP Global Design and Experience - Pearson Higher Education

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