Welcome! Laura Benjamin here. Since 1997, I’ve worked as a business consultant, coach, facilitator, speaker and trainer. I’m based near Colorado Springs just south of Denver and I work with clients throughout the U.S. You can read more of my fascinating background in the bios below. But for now, let’s focus on what YOU want.
Are you looking for someone who…
- has a track record – who’s been running a business and serving customers for almost 20 years?
- is easy to work with, listens to your concerns and helps you clarify process and goals?
- will refer you to another trusted professional if it gets you better results?
- won’t try to sell you something you really don’t need?
- has experience with people development and online technology both?
- is reliable, down-to-earth, encouraging, friendly and flexible?
- shares a ton of free tips, information and ideas?
Then maybe we can work together. Here’s how to proceed:
First, peruse the services on this website, my Benjamin’s Business Blog and client testimonials.
Next, send me an email or call so we can discuss your interests. I’m happy to chat with you (at no charge) to see how I can assist. If I can’t help, I may know a person who can. I’ll only refer you to someone I trust.
Finally, here’s what I believe in:
- people are basically good
- to work with my customers for life
- free enterprise, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness
- independent businesses are the backbone of our economy
Send me a note. I’m looking forward to talking with you. –Laura Benjamin
Laura Benjamin is the owner of a business consulting company in Colorado Springs near Denver. For over 18 years, she has worked with Fortune 500 firms, independent businesses, boards, leadership teams, trusts, trade associations, non-profits and the U.S. Military. She has trained, facilitated and spoken for groups of 15-500 throughout Colorado, the U.S., Canada, Germany and Great Britain. She is known for her down-to-earth interactive style, substantive content and entertaining approach.
Since 1997, Laura has also managed a variety of consulting projects. She has coached executives, business owners and frontline leaders. As a facilitator, she has organized and led strategic planning sessions, marketing summits and leadership retreats. Her clients include OrthoAccel Technologies Inc, Wells Fargo, U.S. Army, Junior Achievement, State of Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Cabela’s, ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy among others.
Laura is creator of the CARLA Concept™ Communication Model and author of the book of the same name. She is a skilled facilitator in a number of business and professional development assessments, including DISC Behavioral Styles, Team Dimensions, Personal Listening, and Leadership CultureLink profiles. Her work has been featured on television, radio, online journals, newspapers and trade magazines. She has been a commencement speaker and guest lecturer at colleges and universities on career success, customer service, leadership and communication.
Earlier in her career, Laura served on the Communication Staff for the Mayor and City of Colorado Springs. At Current, Inc. she was a Sales and Customer Service Team Manager who supervised an operations team of 100+ employees. She also led an upsell and cross-sell initiative at that 400-person call center which achieved almost $1M in additional revenue in 18 months. At the Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), Laura was a Senior Human Resources and Benefits Specialist who supported over 2500 faculty and staff, including the deaf and hearing-impaired. Through her efforts, the college achieved a 20% increase in benefit plan participation.
Laura served her country as a decorated Non-commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, with seven years active duty as a Paralegal. She was also a volunteer member of the Base Honor Guard Team, providing military honors for Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard service members and families. During her enlistment, she attended the Non-commissioned Officers Leadership School and earned a USAF Commendation Medal, Marksmanship Medal and Honorable Discharge.
Laura has volunteered for the Pikes Peak Area Quality of Life Indicators, Home Front Cares Welcome Home Heroes Program, Junior Achievement, Young Women of the West and Colorado State Parks and Wildlife. She also 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 Past-president and member of the Colorado Springs Society for Human Resources Management, a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and member of the International Association of Facilitators. Laura was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve a second three-year, public-at-large role on the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Advisory Council (RAC) for Colorado’s Frontrange.
Laura is a mother of three. She likes to write, read, camp, kayak, hike and spend time with family. She lives near Colorado Springs. In 2013 her historic log cabin home burned in the Black Forest Wildfire, but she has since rebuilt. Find Laura on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
THE PERSONAL STORY
I grew up in Upstate New York as the eldest of six children. My mom was a city girl and dad was one of 10 on a nearby farm. They met at a bus stop, married and raised a close-knit family. We attended Catholic schools, spent our free time skiing, swimming and roaming the woods at the cabin Grandpa built in the Bristol Hills. Eventually Mom and Dad followed their young ‘uns out to Colorado, where we all still live.
I enlisted in the United States Air Force right after high school, cross-trained into the paralegal field and traveled the US, starting with the frigid Upper Peninsula of Michigan. An assignment to Denver got me hooked on Colorado. So after marriage, three children and an HR job at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the kids and I moved to Colorado Springs. I worked as a career marketing consultant, call center rep, then Sales Team Manager at Current Inc. before starting my business in 1997. Along the way I’ve also cleaned stalls at a 400-head horse farm, sold vinyl checkbook covers, walked dogs and tweeted for the Mayor of Colorado Springs.
Want to know more? Please send me a note.