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 a wide range of human resources and organizational development solutions. In addition to deep experience in employee relations, leadership development and compliance, she is a seasoned facilitator, certified leadership coach, and trainer adept at developing leaders and managers across a variety of industries.
Laura brings experience within a wide variety of industries including 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. Laura has worked with a variety of clients from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 100 companies.
Having earned a B.A. in English and Political Science from Augustana College, Laura 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.
Laura is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and is a former instructor for PHR and SPHR certification programs. She is a certified leadership coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation and received her Certified Professional Coach designation (CPC) from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. She frequently speaks at association meetings and conferences across the country, including ten times at the SHRM National Conference.