Laura is a leadership development practitioner and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner. Laura runs an independent consulting practice, Nightingale Coaching & Consulting, where she works as a facilitator, coach and change consultant, partnering with leaders driving social, civic and organizational change. She also serves as a part-time faculty member at The New School.
Laura brings an interdisciplinary perspective and extensive experience working across fields and sectors (education, nonprofit, philanthropy, government, corporate, etc). Laura's approach is informed by her background in the arts and her deep commitment to equity and inclusion. She brings particular expertise in the areas of change management, team development and culture change and specializes in designing and facilitating leadership development programs and retreats. An avid learner, she studies leadership and change at the personal, interpersonal, organizational and systems levels and explores topics including creativity, collaboration, neuroscience, group dynamics and power. In her work, Laura draws upon the principles of experiential learning and transformative learning theory, as well as her training from New Ventures West, the Art of Transformational Consulting, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a wide range of experiences in other learning communities and programs focused on racial justice and social change.
Laura spent the early years of her career in the theatre, working as an actor, producer and teaching artist and then as Executive Artistic Director of New York Theatre Experiment, a nonprofit theatre company. Before launching her current consulting practice, Laura worked at Coro New York Leadership Center, serving as Senior Director of Training and Consulting, and prior to that, as Director of the Coro Fellows Program and Education Leadership Collaborative.
Laura holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Organization Development from The New School, along with undergraduate degrees in Theatre and Sociology.
Management and Leadership is designed to empower you with the skills you will need to make meaningful change in the world—whether you care about bike lanes, criminal justice, prenatal care, community development, urban planning, social investment, or something else. Whatever your passion, you can have an impact by leading and managing. In this course, you will enhance the technical, interpersonal, conceptual, and political skills needed to run effective and efficient organizations embedded in diverse communities, policy arenas, sectors, and industries. In class, we will engage in a collective analysis of specific problems that leaders and managers face—first, diagnosing them and then, identifying solutions—to explore how organizations can meet and exceed their performance objectives. As part of that process, you will encounter a variety of practical and essential topics and tools, including mission, strategy, goals, structure, teams, diversity and inclusion, motivation, and negotiation.