“I’m more shark-like than I thought," Laura says. "I always thought I was more nurturing than aggressive. But when you’re in the role, working with the team, you feel that urge to get in there, to want it, and to be persistent. I’ve adapted quickly to that.”
“Laura is a rockstar. There’s nothing I’ve thrown at her that she hasn’t been able to handle. She has great leadership qualities, mentors those around her, and has a really good business sense. During meetings she asks challenging questions and works to understand the products she represents. We need more Lauras.” - Jennifer Slaughter, Account Executive.
Prior to that, she had never considered sales. Adobe talked about team collaboration, “owning” your business, and a start-up mentality within a corporate office.
“I loved what I saw at Adobe. It was a place to build a career. And they took a chance on someone with no sales experience – not even retail.”
Laura grew up in Southern California, with two sisters (one of whom is a twin), her dad and her attorney mother. She says her mom’s influence on her life cannot be overstated.
“My mom came from a working class family and put herself through school. She taught us that we needed to work hard and be smart. She raised us not to need her, making us very independent. A’s in school were expected.” That attitude is what Laura claims got her and her twin sister into UC Berkeley.
“I’m most excited that there IS a next step for me at Adobe,” says Laura. “The Sales Academy program has a path to follow – from ADM to Inside Sales to Account Executive.” Laura says she is most excited about the AE role and owning accounts or territories in the field. And while there are always uncertainties, she feels there is a clear path and that Adobe is both supporting her and helping to pave the way.