Greetings! I’m Laura Neff, and I’m a Leadership and Executive Coach and Consultant.
I started my career 25 years ago as a young administrative assistant for one of the largest U.S. banks. That quickly evolved to a career in associate and team development, internal strategic communications, leadership, training and facilitation, and ultimately, a “VP” title, all before my 30th birthday.
The perks were great, but the pressure was high—and I knew there was so much more of the world (personally and professionally) that I still wanted to experience. So I leapt!
Within a few short years, I’d had incredible adventures and “tried on” many vocational hats:
- Contracting and consulting on internal, strategic corporate communications and training;
- Teaching college writing (bucket list!);
- Starting Charlotte’s first urban CSA (consumer supported agriculture), feeding 17 families along the way;
- Traveling the U.S. and British Columbia in a ‘32 converted school bus with my now-husband . . .
. . . and so much more.
(What can I say? My interests are varied. :))
Along the way, I knew I was collecting “puzzle pieces” for work and life, each representing something that lit me up from the inside and gave me that often elusive feeling of “YES. THIS!”
My work in the corporate world unveiled my love for tackling challenging situations, simplifying the complex (and creating actionable next steps!), and helping people develop and realize they matter within a huge organization.
Teaching college English revealed my penchant for using any and every platform to help people reflect on their lives, what matters most, and what’s possible.
Our yearlong bus trip helped me discover that there are as many paths to fulfillment as there are different humans on the planet.
And on and on . . . I was always learning, growing and coming back to what it is to live a profoundly successful life on all fronts. And with every step, I became more and more aware of the impact of each “yes” and its contrasting “no.”
Finally, amidst a (very helpful) early mid-life crisis that found me volunteering for six weeks at a wildlife rescue centre in Thailand, I realized that my next “YES” would be found in helping others unfold well on their path, too.
After completing the core coaching curriculum, certification program, and a rigorous 10-month personal Leadership Program at Coaches Training Institute (CTI), I’ve spent the last 10 years helping hundreds of leaders like you answer the same questions I did.
What truly fulfills me? What drives me? What do I value? Who am I, from the inside out? And how do I align an increasingly challenging career with all of that?
In exploring my own answers to those questions, I also co-founded Nourish, Charlotte, North Carolina’s only healthy, plant-based, organic, prepared-food delivery service, in 2012. Within three years, we’d grown the company to 20+ employees and close to $500k in revenue.
It was a phenomenal ride, but of course, I found myself (unsuccessfully) trying to juggle competing priorities: co-founder and coach, wife and business owner, everything to everybody and not much left for myself. So, in 2014, I made the tough decision to step down from the role of “owner” at Nourish and into the role of “biggest fan.”
To say I’ve learned a great deal through my life education would be an incredible understatement, and here’s the core of what I’ve learned: true success in leadership and in life begins and ends with ME. (Or YOU, as it were.)
I’d love to help you unfold incredibly well on your path, too, wherever you are in your career and life. Discover more about how we can work together over here.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope to work with you soon!