After a successful career in Finance, Laura Kempf decided to take on a different role: As a Lean Champion, she has led over 50 week-long workshops focused on change management, innovation, and process improvement. Little did she know at the time that the new position would set her on a path to not only look for process improvement but also change her leadership style. “Inspiring Bold” was born from this journey. While she shares many experiences and lessons, her focus on self-awareness and servant leadership has been key to changing her leadership, changing her life, and changing the world around her.

This journey has taken her to her current role as Innovation Consultant (which she loves). It has reconnected her with love for writing and allowed her to find a new passion in public speaking. In focusing on self-awareness and servant leadership, which have profoundly changed her life, she encourages and inspires other leaders to do the same.

Laura received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She authored her journey to servant leadership in her book, Inspiring Bold: A Journey to Servant Leadership, and teaches Lean Leadership as an adjunct professor at Oakland University. As Booth Detroit City Ambassador, she promotes staying connected and networking with University of Chicago’s Booth Business School.

Since joining NSA’s Michigan chapter she has been an active participant at member meetings. “I joined because every session is valuable,” she declares. “But I intend to stay because I found a second family. Someone mentioned to me that the NSA might be where I fit and that is how I have felt since attending the events.”

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