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Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
Director of Strategic Initiatives

7-Second Resume Statement

Growing up my parents held conflicting views about the world, and often argued. I learned to listen, empathize with multiple viewpoints, and help reach mutual understanding – and I leverage these skills as a team leader every day.

Bio

Laura is Senior Director, Thought Leadership & Content and leads strategic initiatives for Grads of Life, with a focus on building and supporting a movement of employers who are committed to inclusive human capital practices. She has led strategic projects at Year Up for the past six years, and oversaw the launch of Year Up’s first employer-based model in partnership with multinational toymaker, Hasbro. Prior to Year Up, she led international expansion projects for global NGO, Ashoka, based in Singapore. She holds a BA in International Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from The University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

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