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LEADER, ENNEAGRAM 3, VISIONARY, FRIEND TO ALL, WIFE + MOM OF 3.

Hi, I'm Laura. Leader, Speaker + Hope Dealer.

I'm an Athens, Georgia local serving as the CEO of Extra Special People, an organization I became involved with as a freshman at the University of Georgia. It was impossible to know then that at the young age of 19, I would become the organization’s leader. Alongside my team that has grown from just me to 30, I have identified the key, unique differentiators in leadership that translated into millions of dollars in fundraising for an underserved community of all abilities.

Ready to magnify your abilities for the benefit of others? You've come to the right place.

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In 2003, Laura began volunteering at ESP as a college student. Martha Wyllie, ESP's Founder and volunteer Executive Director, was diagnosed with cancer less than a year later.

Months following her passing, Laura received a call that changed her life, asking for her to step up and fill Martha’s role. While a daunting request, she knew it was the next right thing.

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SOMETIMES YOU CHOOSE YOUR JOB. OTHER TIMES, YOUR JOB CHOOSES YOU. I'VE BEEN SERVING AS CEO FOR A NON-PROFIT FOR 19+ YEARS, AND THEY CAN'T SEEM TO GET RID OF ME!

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The challenges were seemingly insurmountable: with a need to raise more than $50,000 to run a summer camp, recruit a a team of camp counselors, while keeping the magic that Martha had created... at age 19, while finishing her sophomore year of college. Laura dug deep into her well of strength found in her faith. She rallied the community, raising the funds needed for her first summer camp.

 

Now, after nearly 20 years, Laura serves as the CEO and looks back over the decades of humble leadership to see millions of dollars raised to serve nearly 1200 families, build a multi-million dollar complex in Athens, and expand to two new cities: Atlanta & Rome. Laura and the ESP team have no plans of slowing down - the need for ESP in communities is great, but the opportunity is greater.

Along the way I’ve been honored to receive many accolades and leadership awards. But, my favorite part of my job: getting to hug the incredible individuals who walk through ESP's doors. They are the reason I push myself out of my comfort zone every day.

“Laura is one of the finest not-for-profit leaders I have known. She leads with her heart, but all her decisions are grounded in strong business acumen and practices.”

BRIAN BRODRICK

PARTNER AT JACKSON SPALDING

“I would actually go so far as to say that any company or individual would be blessed to work with Laura in any capacity. She is an amazing person, and working with her is a true pleasure.”

COREY LUTTRELL

COMPENSATION ANALYST AT BREC

“Laura always wears a smile and positive disposition. When
you're working with difficult client and family situations, that is a great asset. She's the reason the organization has grown so much in recent years. She's exceptional.”

PAUL CHAMBERS

REGIONAL DIRECTOR AT AT&T

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