Welcome. I’m Laura Benjamin, a strategic planning facilitator, trainer, keynote speaker and business coach in Colorado Springs.
Since 1997, I have worked with clients who want someone to help them simplify business challenges and strategize to solve problems. They want a Colorado-based strategic planning facilitator, interactive training programs, customized coaching or a keynote speaker on change.
Professional Bio: Laura Benjamin leads a veteran-owned consulting and training company in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since 1997, Laura has worked with clients on three continents including Fortune 500 firms, non-profits, U.S. military, trade associations, trusts, teams, boards and independent businesses. Laura also speaks for groups facing significant change.
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An experienced strategic planning facilitator, Laura has helped businesses and boards set strategy, clarify vision, and define goals and roles. She is a skilled trainer in DiSC® Behavioral Styles and Team Roles profiles. Laura is creator of The CARLA Concept™ Communication and Change Model and author of a self-published handbook by the same name. Her work has been featured on radio and television, blogs, trade magazines and newspapers.
Laura’s consulting projects have included customer service and marketing initiatives, team and board leadership development, employee retention efforts and communication process improvement.
Earlier in her career, Laura facilitated communications and social media for the Mayor and City of Colorado Springs. She was a Sales and Service Team Manager for Current Inc. who supervised 100+ regular and seasonal sales and service representatives. She also led a 400-person Upsell and Cross-sell Marketing Initiative that generated almost $1 Million in additional revenue. At the Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), Laura worked as a Senior Employee Benefits Specialist responsible for communication and benefits administration for 2500 faculty and staff, including the deaf and hearing-impaired. Through her efforts, RIT achieved a 20% increase in benefit program participation.
Laura is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served seven years active duty as a Paralegal. She was a member of the Base Honor Guard Team which provided military honors for families of Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard servicemen and women. She earned a USAF Commendation Medal, a Marksmanship Medal and an Honorable Discharge.
She is a member and Past-president of the Colorado Springs Society for Human Resources Management (CSSHRM). She has volunteered for the Pikes Peak Area Quality of Life Indicators, The Home Front Cares Welcome Home Heroes Program, Junior Achievement, Young Women of the West and Colorado State Parks and Wildlife. She served on the boards of the National Speakers Association Colorado Chapter, Pikes Peak Partnership and Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She is a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR). Laura was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve a second three year term in a public-at-large role for the Bureau of Land Management Colorado Frontrange Resource Advisory Council (RAC).
A proud mother of three great young adults, Laura is owned by two spoiled cats. She likes to write, read, camp, kayak, hike, take pictures and spend time with family. She is a member of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Black Forest, Colorado. In 2013, her historic log cabin home burned in Colorado’s Black Forest Wildfire. She has since rebuilt and has a new perspective on how to cope with non-negotiable change.
To discuss how Laura can help you reach your goals, call or send an email.