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Laura Gmeinder


Passion Igniter!

Unique ID: passion-igniter

Keywords: speaker, coach, business consultant, ,

Industry sector: Charity, Coaching & Training, Creative, Customer Service, Education, Entertainment, Human R esources, Management Consultancy, Marketing, Media, Public R elations, Recruitment Sales

Location: United States

Laura S. Gmeinder is a top rated speaker, coach and business consultant; her presentations are engaging, educational and entertaining. Laura’s keen sense of humor does not disappoint; her vulnerability makes her relatable. Laura holds a degree in adult learning (Bachelors of Science: Family & Consumer Education, University of Wisconsin); she is a certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR), SHRM member and has taken life coach training. She is an In Business Magazine “40 Under 40”, honored for her business savvy and civic contributions. Laura is an engaged community leader: a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison,  co-organizer (and speaker) for DisruptHR Madison and DisruptHR Milwaukee and serves in leadership for the Doyenne Group. Her expertise has been shared in the media for outlets like Huffington Post, US News & World Report and Wall Street Journal MarketWatch. She is the author or “How to Find Your *it* Six Secrets to Harness Your Awesome and Discover Your Perfect Career”.

Expertise & Speciality

After Dinner Speaker,  Branding,  Business / Management,  Business Etiquette,  Business Management,  CEO’s,  Change Management,  Charity,  Coaching and Training,  Communication Skills,  Conflict Management,  Corporate Culture,  Creativity,  Emcee / Master of Ceremonies,  Emotional Intelligence,  Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness,  Employee Relations,  Entrepreneurs,  Event Hosts,  Goal Setting,  Human Resources,  Human Resources,  Inspirational Speakers,  Leadership,  Life Balance,  Life Hacking,  Life Skills,  Management,  Management Consultancy,  Marketing,  Mindfulness,  Motivation and Teamwork,  Motivational Speakers,  Negotiation,  Networking,  Organisational Skills,  Overcoming Adversity,  Overcoming Fear,  Performance Improvement,  Positive Thinking,  Presentation Skills,  Presenters,  Productivity,  Purpose,  Strategic Planning,  Success,  Time Management,  Toastmaster,  Training,  TV and Radio Presenters

Industry Sector

Charity,  Coaching & Training,  Creative,  Customer Service,  Education,  Entertainment,  Human R esources,  Management Consultancy,  Marketing,  Media,  Public R elations,  Recruitment Sales

Passions & Purpose

Women’s empowerment, overcoming fear, starting or growing a business, life coaching, motivational speaking.

Recent gigs & credits

Cassling “Investing in You” Seminar

HRChat podcast


Long Biography

You could give Laura Gmeinder pronounced: JUH-meyen-der many titles: HR Lady, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Workplace Strategist, Business Catalyst, Leadership Cultivator, Visibility Vixen or Dream Chaser but her favorite is: Passion Igniter.

Laura began her career in the corporate environment, proudly representing one of America’s most trusted and recognizable brands for 14 years. During her tenure, she worked intimately with all levels of executive leadership and management, coaching and leading them to success. There Laura built high-trust relationships as a coach and trusted consultant, the foundation she created that ultimately resulted into a successful business.

Laura inspires her clients to discover and exploit their inner passion en route to greater teamwork and productivity. She thrives on the “WHY,” knowing that if people reflect and examine their inner self—individual and team goals, aspirations and ambitions—their true desires will be revealed. And it’s that very authenticity that leads to personal growth, achievement and success.

One client at a time.

As a motivational speaker, Laura truly shines. She has an innate ability to read her audience and quickly builds trust. She knows just when to add a zinger or bit of sass to make a point or lighten the mood.  She leans heavy on her business savvy and sense of humor to give memorable engaging, entertaining and educational presentations to groups of all ages, large and small.

As an award winning business professional and writer, Laura is often interviewed by leading media.  She has been quoted in the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal’s “Market Watch” and US News and World Report to highlight a few. In addition, she wrote “How To Find Your *it*. Six Secrets to Harness Your Awesome and Discover Your Perfect Career.” She has been featured on tv and interviewed for podcasts.

Laura takes pride in giving back to the community that’s given her so much, which In Business Magazine recognized by including her in the 2016 “40 Under 40” class.  Laura is an engaged community leader most notably as Past President of the Junior League of Madison. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison. Laura also serves (or has served) in leadership roles for various other nonprofits, including but not limited to the United Way of Dane County Business Volunteers Network and Community Awards Selection Committee and Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. She is an active member of the Doyenne Group (a women’s entrepreneurial group) and Madison Area Business Consultants. She is a co-organizer for DisruptHR Madison and Milwaukee.

Laura holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Family and Consumer (Adult) Education.  She is a certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR). In addition, she has taken Life Coach training from CTI and spent thousands of dollar and countless hours working with top coaches like Darcy Louma, Rebecca Tracy, Andrea Owen, Amy E Smith, Jessica Sisto and Jen Scallia to grow her craft and cherry pick best practices to offer her clients a unique value proposition. Laura is a life long learner who regularly attends conferences and coach specific continuing education training to stay at the cutting edge of the personal growth industry with a focus on leadership and business best practices.

Qualifications & Training

Bachelors of Science: Family and Consumer Education (adult education, training)

CTI Life Coach Training

PHR certification and SHRM member

Ambassador, Doyenne Group (women's entrepreneurial group)


Awards & Achievements

In Business Magazine “40 Under 40”, honored for her business savvy and civic contributions (2016)

Young Professional Athena award nominee (2016)


Laura’s expertise has been shared in the media for outlets like Huffington Post, US News & World Report and Wall Street Journal MarketWatch. She is the author or “How to Find Your *it* Six Secrets to Harness Your Awesome and Discover Your Perfect Career”.  She has been interviewed on podcast like Today’s Leading Women,The Entrepreneurial Way and  HR Gazette HRChat.

Upcoming Events

Short Stack Eatery Leadership retreat

DreamBank “Embracing Your Flawsome”

Disrupt Madison- Emcee

International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR)

Aspiring Leaders training (contractor for University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies)

Disrupt Milwaukee- speaker

DreamBank (topic TBD)

Interests and Hobbies

Traveling, hiking, horseback riding, photgraphy, concerts, festivals and volunteering.

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Laura S Gmeinder is a sought after speaker who combines her experiences as an award winning business leader, Human Resources consultant and leadership coach with an engaging, entertaining and educational presentation style.  She inspires and challenges audience members to lean into their potential, step up as leaders and to put their values into action to make an impact in the world.
Available for

After Dinner, Charity Event, Corporate Event, Live Seminar / Conference, Online /Digital Event, Other, Radio Host
, Speaking Events, Ted Talk, TV Host,



  • Say What? Communicating for Impact
  • United States of Busy: Creating A Work Life Blend
  • Thrive Through Change: The Gratitude Advantage


  • Make Your Mark: Launch or Grow Your Business
  • Shine Through Stories: Brand Your Way to Success


  • True North: Developing the Potential Of Women
  • Life on Your Terms: Creating a Life You Love

Specialist Topics

My focus is on leadership development, business growth through mindset and success and empowerment

Recent Gigs & Credits

A sampling of engageents include:

Cassling “Investing in You”

Lawrence University

Department of Workforce Development (Wisconsin)

DreamBank American Family Insurance

DisruptHR Madison (5 times since 10/2015)

YWCA Moxie Conference

City of Schaumburg, IL Community Awards

Junior League of Madison

Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

SCORE business development

Speaking Experience

My background is in adult education, corporate  HR and community leadership.  Building on that foundation I started my own business.  I have over 16 years experience in speaking and presenting.  I am a top rated speaker and have won awards for my business savy.


“They LOVED you” Maggie McGlade Cassling (Heatlh Care Seminar 3/2017)

“Laura delivered an EMPOWERING message to our United Way/Dane County Administrators of Volunteer Services conference participants. Her warmth, generosity, and ENTHUSIASM were INSPIRATIONAL and everyone in attendance enjoyed the session. We received very positive feedback from participants and hope she will join us for future programs. On behalf of the conference planning team, I wanted to to thank her for being such a great presenter!”

~ Sara Minkoff, Conference Planning Committee

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