Hi, I'm Laura Weidman Powers. I'm a social entrepreneur + teacher, writer, speaker, coach, and consultant.
I am an award-winning social entrepreneur. Currently I serve as Head of Impact at the social innovation fund Echoing Green. Previously I was EIR at New Media Ventures, and prior to that I spent six years founding and running Code2040, a nationally-recognized nonprofit working to ensure the full representation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy. I also served in the Obama White House working on issues of workplace equity and access to capital. Read more about me here.
Coaching and Consulting
I offer executive coaching, with a focus on social entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs. I am also available for consulting on an hourly and project basis. My perspective and insights combine on-the-ground experience (as a serial founder, nonprofit and for-profit executive) with formal education (a degree in psychology from Harvard and graduate degrees in business and law from Stanford).
Sample areas of focus for coaching or consulting:
Design and development of accelerators, fellowships, and other cohort-based programs
Development of monetization strategies and business models for social impact initiatives
Coaching for executives on leadership challenges, people management, time management, and strategy development
Speaking and Teaching
I have co-taught social entrepreneurship for undergraduates at Stanford, been a guest speaker in a dozen Stanford GSB classes, and was the American University of Rome's first social entrepreneur in residence, designing and delivering an original social entrepreneurship curriculum. I have keynoted and spoken at dozens of conferences (e.g. SXSW, Fortune TECH, Forbes Women) and companies.
Sample topics for speaking and teaching:
Allyship vs activism, methods for creating equitable change at work
Launching a social enterprise, steps to get from concept to company
Building equitable and inclusive systems and processes from the ground up
Impact at scale: lessons from Code2040 and the Obama White House
"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time."