Laura Khalil combines public speaking, comedy and coaching to help audiences laugh their way into inspiration and insight.
Laura combines her love of comedy, storytelling and business know-how to captivate audiences with no nonsense, practical advice for succeeding in business and interpersonal relationships.
As a business consultant, Laura has worked with Fortune 1000 companies such as Intuit, Twitter, GE, Intel, Cisco, Autodesk and Atlassian. She provides a wealth of hands on experience in marketing strategy, corporate communications and human behavior.
She is on a mission to inspire others to go after their goals, overcome their fears and share their gifts with the world.
Laura is a gifted comedic storyteller and has shared stories from her life at The Moth, Creative Mornings, Ladies Get Paid, Intermitten, Bamboo Detroit, The Vagina Monologues, RISK!, Detroit Stories and many more.
“Hearing you speak changed me forever.”
What's Laura's deal?
A native of Southeast Michigan, Laura spent her youth actively engaged in the performing arts in both theater and orchestra, as a flutist. After graduating high school, she decided Michigan wasn't cold enough, so she headed north to Montreal to pursue her Bachelors Degree in history and philosophy at McGill University. While there, she got married, fell in love with poutine and promptly watched her creative and professional dreams... stall. Her ambitions were on ice for years as she learned to navigate marriage, what it meant to be a "good wife" and how to prevent her eyeballs from freezing when it's -40 outside.
At 27 she finally left an unhappy marriage and decided that the only way forward was to put herself first. With just two suitcases in hand, Laura left the Canadian tundra for San Francisco and embarked on living the life she'd always dreamed of, but had been too scared to go after.
While living in San Francisco, Laura embarked on a career in technology working for everyone from startups to tech giants. She experienced many of the challenges that come with being a bold, confident and opinionated woman in the workforce. In 2013 she left corporate America and launched headfirst into her consulting business and learned that being bold, confident and opinionated were the winning traits that helped her grow a six-figure consultancy in her first year.
Today she's a sought after business consultant for Fortune 1000 companies, has spoken to thousands on stage and online on business mastery, women's empowerment and interpersonal relationships. Her bold, funny and irreverent style is unlike any other. She is committed to inspiring individuals who feel like they're at a dead end, to forge their own path and find the courage to follow their dreams.
She spends her time between Detroit and San Francisco with her labradoodle, Violet.