Mar 7, 2018
Jennifer and Laurie have been friends for years, traveling the
world together. But Laurie is more than just a friend. She made an
incredible impact on Jennifer’s life and set her on the path to
where she is today. Are you stuck or unsure of what to do? Then
Laurie will make an impact on YOUR life as well. Will it change the
course of your career like it did Jennifer’s? We certainly hope
- One thing that Laurie learned early was that ‘family’ and
‘home’ aren’t necessarily a permanent location. Her childhood was
turbulent until they moved in with her grandmother, an opinionated,
working class woman. Laurie’s grandmother shaped who Laurie would
become, and she shares the lessons from her pragmatic grandmother
that she carries with her today.
- It was Michael Jackson who began Laurie’s writing career. From
that point on, Laurie was a writing machine: poetry, stories, term
papers. Writing became central to who Laurie was, and she bloomed
when blogging became a thing. You might be shocked to learn that
Laurie started blogging out of spite when an ex-boyfriend emailed
her and told her to look at his blog. From there, she went on to
violate multiple terms and conditions of her HR job and not only
got away with it but built a living on it.
- Laurie used to shave her head and wear Doc Martins. Oh, and she
had facial piercings. Laurie shares the funny story of trying to
get her first job in HR in all her 90’s wild child glory. She had
to remove her piercings and her co-workers talked about her behind
her back. So it was a natural step for her to create Punk Rock
- Not everyone would have the guts to kill something at the
height of its success, but that’s exactly what Laurie did with Punk
Rock HR. Find out why she did it, what happened as a result, and
why she chose Cynical Girl as her next brand identity. Laurie
wasn’t finished there, either. She created what she calls a career
ladder. Find out how she did it!
- Laurie writes every day. Every. Single. Day. She shares some of
the tools that she finds most helpful. First, Grammerly is an app that makes bad
grammar a thing of the past. Do you abuse commas and semi-colons?
What about your and you’re, or there and their? This SaaS app will
fix it. The second tool she uses is Pro Writing Aid. This
little wizard focuses on style and flow. You still have to do the
work, but these tools make it easier.
- It’s not easy to put yourself out there when you have a
contrarian view, and Laurie is no stranger to this. She tackles the
difficult topics like #metoo, LGBT rights, and more, and she
initiated the conversation long before it truly garnered public
attention. She doesn’t just share the struggles of being a woman
online with contrarian views; she shares how she overcomes it at
- Should you write? Laurie has some strong opinions on whether or
not you should. She has a few questions she asks herself before she
ever hits publish on her blog. You should ask yourself the same
questions and know that you might not always get it right, but
- Laurie wanted to be a weather girl when she grew up. Now, she
sometimes sees herself as a ‘failed HR lady.’ In fact, it wasn’t
until recently that she saw herself as an entrepreneur. But over
the years, she realized that group isn’t limited to 27-year-old
white guys in hoodies who drink beer and play ping pong. Laurie
shares what really defines an entrepreneur and why you might need
to take stock of what you’re doing and redefine your own life.
- Laurie wraps up the conversation today with some of the lessons
she’s learned along the way. It’s okay to be first; it’s not going
to kill you. Break the taboo and be willing to demystify failure.
Relationships are tough but worthwhile, and Laurie has a tough
message on gaining them, OR turning them down.
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