Interview with our Sponsor, Laura Cooke Consulting

Interview with our Sponsor, Laura Cooke Consulting

Interview with our Sponsor, Laura Cooke Consulting 150 150 Women Who Wine Society

1.            Tell us a little bit about your business/organization. Laura Cooke Consulting at our heart provides authentic connection in the workplace. This could be anything from helping to facilitate a strategy session for your board or leadership team, to custom learning design, and one on one coaching. As a seasoned Change Management and Leadership Development professional with a background in learning design, I work with teams and leaders to step into courage with confidence.

2.            How did you first get started in the consulting field? How long have you been doing it? I have been consulting for over 10 years when I realized there was a greater need for organizations to manage change “the right way”. Too often changes are handed down and implemented without thinking about the consequences on employee well being and I know that if we just take a bit more time to prepare people, they can and will embrace change. I also see the important link between employee retention/engagement and leadership and believe strongly in developing leaders to create a space where employees want to stay.

3.            Tell us a success story with a client that you’re proud of. I love working with emerging leaders. They are already high performers who have been given positions of authority and usually care about doing a great job as a leader as well. I recently worked with a group of high potential leaders for a Financial Institution, and it was so rewarding to hear them shift their mindset and dig into tough conversations. I’ve recently developed a one day Leadership Essentials course for emerging, new and aspiring leaders that I’m excited to roll out.

4.            How long have you lived in the Shuswap? And what brought you here? My husband used to spend his childhood summers in the Shuswap and so in 2007, we started looking for property out here. We had a lot in Magna Bay for many years where we spent our summer vacations and then made the permanent move in 2017 when I accepted a position at TRU managing their first ever employee engagement survey implementation.

5.            What is your favorite thing about doing business in the Shuswap? There are so many inspiring and community focused professionals here. I’ve had the privilege of working with several local non-profits (Such as LASS and CMHA Shuswap) and am so uplifted by their commitment to making a difference.

6.            How does your organization support the Shuswap community, through Women Who Wine and otherwise? I sponsor a scholarship (The Courage Award) annually through Women Who Wine and offer reduced rates for publicly funded and non-profit organizations. All of my programs have a scholarship spot designated for those who cannot afford to attend my open enrolment programs.

7.            What are your top 3 favourite activities to do in the Shuswap? I love being near water. We recently purchased a pontoon boat and I love floating on the Shuswap while looking at the beautiful houses along the shoreline. I also love to go hiking and walk among the trees as well as visit our local wineries (and of course the Shuswap Cider Co.)

8.            What made you decide to partner with Women Who Wine Society for this event? I strongly believe in giving back to community and was grateful for the opportunity to sponsor this event. As a member of the board, I’m committed to the work WWW does and know it has real impact and benefit to those in our community.

9.            Is there anything else about you or your organization that you’d like to share? I am so grateful to have found Women Who Wine and the amazing members who care about making an impact. We are lucky to live in this magical place!