Laura is a consultant, coach, author, speaker and Human Resource expert. She founded Crothers Consulting in 2010 to support leaders in achieving organizational and strategic clarity. Drawing on her 30 years’ experience in HR, she has successfully guided business leaders and HR executives, providing a clear vision as they face the many challenges associated with growing their company or engaging in mergers or acquisitions. Laura’s candid, down-to-earth approach allows her to connect quickly and deeply with people. She enjoys executive coaching at all levels, and her niche is coaching women to find fulfillment in both their careers and lives.
Laura is known for her fast-paced, creative and practical solutions in all areas of HR. She developed her leadership style throughout her years in Human Resource leadership roles with McGraw Hill, AT&T, ADP, Merrill Lynch, EverBank and Shearson Lehman Brothers. Determining the best ways to attract, integrate, engage and retain human capital talent, she has led and/or facilitated multiple initiatives focused on change management, integration, mentoring, leadership development, workforce planning, employee engagement, and compensation design.
Laura was Chief People Officer at US Express Leasing (USXL) which became Tygris Commercial Finance, Inc. There she built the HR capability for this $85 MM start-up commercial leasing organization, which grew to $1 billion in assets. During her time there, the organization acquired many teams and small companies as they built out different market segments. Her ability to react quickly and nimbly to changing dynamics enabled them to grow the organization from eight to 250 employees in five years.
Advising senior executives and working with private equity ownership, she developed and executed on strategies to retain the key leaders and employees during the market dislocation. In addition, she managed the due diligence efforts and integration for the acquisition of USXL by Tygris Commercial Finance, Inc. and then the $470 million acquisition of Tygris by EverBank.
Prior to Tygris, Laura worked as Senior Director of HR, focused on Mergers and Acquisitions at Standard & Poor’s, where she lead the complex diligence and acquisition of PriceWaterHouse’s Corporate Value Consulting business by S&P.
Laura sees great value in leadership assessment tools and is certified in The Leadership Circle® Profile, The Leadership Circle® Culture Survey, PDI Profiler®, DiSC® and is a SPHR. She also completed The Coaches Training Institute®, (commonly known as CTI®) Co-Active Coaching® program. CTI's proven whole-life coaching approach enables people to achieve success and fulfillment in their work and life through a powerful coach/client alliance that promotes and enhances the lifelong process of learning.
Laura is the Chapter Chair of the Monmouth County Women's Presidents Organization (WPO) and is an active committee member of Women of Leadership of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) in New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Mathematics, from Susquehanna University. Laura lives with her husband and their two boys in New Jersey, and spends much of her time on the sidelines of lacrosse fields and skiing with her family.