Laura combines expertise in technology, insights into human behavior and an entrepreneurial savvy to address major challenges facing business and society. She co-founded Silver Tail Systems in 2008 and built it to a team of 100 that protected over 1 billion accounts before it was acquired by RSA, the security division of EMC, in December 2012. Laura began her career at the National Security Agency and then Britannica.com before pioneering anti-phishing practices for eBay and PayPal in the early 2000s.
Throughout these professional experiences, Laura became intrigued with how the most productive teams were formed. She witnessed how a lack of diversity stunted innovation and effectiveness at organizations, whether big or small, government, startup or Fortune 500.
Fueled by these observations and driven by the importance of helping organizations become more productive, innovative and effective, Laura began researching the changes required to move today’s organizations forward. What she found was a plethora of research on how organizations could become more productive and innovative, but no realistic, scalable methodology for implementing the research.
Through Unitive, Laura is developing a suite of software to transform the talent management landscape by bolstering traditional human resource processes with software to eliminate unconscious bias and get the right people into the right jobs.
In 2012, Laura was named number 16 on Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list, number six on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and number nine on Business Insider’s list of Most Powerful Women Engineers. In 2013, she was named to the top 50 Future Digital Strategists for Corporate Boards by Agenda magazine.
She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics.