Laura's career has spanned across the areas of education, non-profits, STEM and cyber/information security. She has an undergraduate degree in Science and postgraduate qualifications in Marketing and Event Management. Laura describes herself as people-oriented, tech-savvy and a strong communicator. The human connection and ability to contribute towards a stakeholder’s success story is something she really thrives doing. She's passionate about building stronger, more connected communities within the STEM sector and is currently working at the CSIRO which has proven to be a great fit!
Career & Background
What inspired you to do what you are doing now?
I am inspired by those who are curious, innovative and motivated. I have always been motivated to work for organisations that are driven by purpose, hence the majority of my working experience being within the context of (higher) education and STEM.
Could you tell us a bit about your professional background and where you are headed in your career right now?
Your favourite food for thought
- Becoming and The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama (love her! – hence the bias)
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Podcasts / Thought Leaders
- How I Built This, hosted by Guy Raz from NPR
- ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski
- Work Life, hosted by Adam Grant
What drives and inspires you
What are your core values?
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My mum. She became a single mother of 4 at the age of 37 after my dad passed away from cancer. She’s a qualified Mathematics and Science teacher and had always worked full-time. In 2019, she retired from high-school teaching after a career that spanned across 37 years. She currently works part-time as a private tutor, and continues to share her Mathematics and Science knowledge with high school students seeking additional assistance. Her strength, resilience and work ethic is something I admire deeply.
You as a Mentor
Why have you decided to become a mentor?
I have always enjoyed leading and mentoring, especially within the context of young / new graduates and would love to support my friends Liz and Belle in the Qld chapter 🙂
What are the top 5 skills or qualities you bring to mentoring?