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Growth and Resilience with Laura Hope Whitaker | Cedric Francis of the Lead to Greatness Podcast

Laura Hope Whitaker, M. Ed., began her relationship with Extra Special People, Inc. by working as a counselor and, subsequently, a leadership team member in 2003. With her passion for enhancing the lives of children with developmental disabilities and her specialized education in this field, Laura was selected as the director after

the founder, Martha Wyllie’s sudden passing in 2004. She has found her dream job with ESP - or as she says, her dream job found her. As CEO, Laura uses her faith along with her leadership and management strengths to manage staff, oversee multiple year-round programs and raise funds to run programs. Her favorite part of the job is getting to hug the many children who walk through the ESP doors.


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