Laura equips audiences to deal with both the “head work” and “heart work” required to succeed at work and in life. She has spoken to audiences ranging from 10 to 300 people, and has always had a passion for inspiring individuals to discover their talents, unleash their full potential, and walk in their destiny.
Her encounters with others through her speaking have been described as transformational, enlightening, life changing, and “an answer to prayer.” Her engaging, fun, and down-to-earth communication style allows her to connect with her audience to find common ground, and lead them on a path of learning and self-discovery.
"Laura did a phenomenal job of sharing her perspective on 'Embracing Change & Forging Success.' She provided practical strategies for dealing with change and didn't hold back on sharing relevant examples. The presentation was full of life. We will definitely have to invite her back!" - Natalie Morrow, Manager, PwC
"I loved the vision mapping for career and life session at our staff retreat. Laura gave a very powerful presentation that helped me to learn more about myself, and she was very effective in communicating these new concepts to me. She provided the tools I need to improve some areas that really need to be enhanced in my life. It was also very helpful to have a one-on-one conversation with Laura during the lunch hour. She helped me to further personalize the material to my situation." - Dr. Fabian Vazquez, Ponce Health Sciences University
“Ms. Knights is an excellent presenter. This presentation on self-care has changed my life! Thank you! These are ideas that I would not have come up with on my own, and they’re small and practical changes.” - Tonya Ramirez, City of Chicago
"Laura designed and facilitated a jumpstart retreat and six-session Personal Leadership series for our AmeriCorps members. We also brought her back to provide coaching sessions for our program managers. Laura's engagement with our program has been instrumental in our retention rate. Her dynamic trainings on leadership and communication topics have contributed to the professional growth of our diverse group of members." -Marta Salas, Coordinator, AmeriCorps Project MORE
"I really enjoyed the training and Laura is a very good trainer. The models help in my role as leader and positively influence the functioning of my team and me as leader. Next to the skills and models we learned, the open discussions we had with all the participants of the training were really interesting. Those discussions showed what other managers are encountering in their teams and allowed us to learn from each other. We all work in different independent teams, often in totally different domains; however we noticed that many issues and problems are actually very similar." -Anonymous participant, OMP Towards Leadership Program
These interactive sessions are suitable for lunch-and-learns, staff professional development days, and break out sessions at retreats and conferences. Behavioral assessments may be integrated into workshop topics to help participants further personalize the content.
Topics may be facilitated as a 50-minute lunch-and-learn, 90-minute, half-day, or full-day workshop. Longer time-frames allow for more practice activities and implementation planning. Session activities may include high-energy exercises in small and large group formats, self-reflection, group discussion, role playing, and action planning for moving forward with new insights gained from the session.
*Customized topics can be developed to align with your event theme or desired outcomes.
For the whole team:
For leaders and managers:
Laura has presented to audiences both large and small in a variety of different settings and contexts. She provides interactive experiences that leave audience members with actionable strategies to implement immediately following the session.
Laura is a great collaborator with conference planners and event representatives to create a great experience before, during, and after the event. The following deliverables are included in all speaking engagements:
In this dynamic talk, Laura shares a framework for personal leadership and challenges the audience to adapt a growth mindset that cultivates an attitude of personal success. She shares strategies to help the audience uncover their leadership style and personal mission statement that can serve as a guidepost to accomplish personal and professional goals.
In this insightful talk, Laura takes the audience on a journey to explore change. Participants are invited to reflect on their personal reaction to change, while gaining awareness of common resistance drivers. Covering three types of change, Laura supports the audience to make peace with change and provides practical strategies for leading and managing change at the personal, interpersonal, and organizational levels.
In this engaging talk, Laura shares five pillars of building a work culture fueled by connection and trust. Weaving together research data, stories, and anecdotal examples; she helps leaders assess their organizational culture and provides actionable strategies to build a more connected workplace where employees are engaged and business results are achieved.
Using a four point plan of assessment, awareness, action, and accountability; Laura shares best practice tenets to address team dynamics challenges and create a high performing team. Participants will leave this dynamic talk with practical strategies to engage their team, boost morale, and strengthen productivity.
Customized topics can be developed to align with your event theme or desired outcomes.
Laura will learn more about the desired takeaway points for your audience, and discuss customizing a workshop or keynote for your upcoming event.
Based on your no-pressure conversation, she will provide recommendations with detailed pricing information and next steps for how to get started.
516 Sosebee Farm Road, #1306
Grayson, GA 30017
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