Laura Ford

Laura Ford serves as Senior Consultant with Gallagher's Human Resources and Compensation Consulting practice. Bringing more than 25 years as both a human resources internal leader and as a consultant, her expertise includes change management and resolving strategic human resources challenges. In addition to deep experience in employee relations and compliance, she is a seasoned facilitator and trainer adept at developing leaders and managers across a variety of industries.

Ms. Ford brings more than 10 years' experience within higher education, non-profit, manufacturing, and professional services industries. She enjoys the challenge of customizing best practices and solutions to meet the individual culture and needs of client organizations. Prior to joining Gallagher, Ms. Ford led a consulting business for 16 years, working with clients from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 100 companies.

Having earned a B.A. in English and Political Science from Augustana College, Ms. Ford completed extensive coursework in instructional design and organizational leadership at both the University of Iowa and at Drake University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), where she served on the Consultants Forum Board of Directors as well as on the Training and Development Committee.

A past president of the Great River Human Resources Association, Ms. Ford is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and is a former instructor for PHR and SPHR certification programs. She frequently speaks at association meetings and conferences across the country, including ten times at the SHRM National Conference.