Meet Laura Roccaforte, an Omaha Board Volunteer

3 January, 2014

Laura Roccaforte, M.Ed, SPHR is a board member of one of our newest chapters – Bread for the Journey of Omaha. She is a great networker and connector and will be able to help Bread for the Journey of Omaha find people to support their fundraising efforts.  She  is also connected through various groups with people in the area who can benefit from BFJ of Omaha’s grants.  She has a passion for supporting youth, and is always looking for ways that her chapter can benefit young people in becoming the best that they can be in life.

In her professional life, Laura is a leadership development expert and organizational development consultant, who works with leadership  teams who want to move their organization forward, and individuals who want to realize their potential.

For over 30 years, Laura has worked as an internal and external consultant.  Internally, Laura worked with leaders in not-for-profits, as well as publicly traded and privately owned companies including the American Red Cross, Cox Communications and PayPal (an eBay Company).  As an external consultant, Laura is engaged to support leadership development through the use of planned curriculum that applies adult learning principle and practices.  Laura is also certified to administer and debrief Emergenetics and Meyers Briggs Type Indicator.

In the arena of organizational development, Laura facilitates strategic planning retreats, interpersonal and group process approaches, large scale change initiatives, organizational redesign processes and performance management. Laura has worked globally in Europe and Asia and is known for helping leaders create a plan for managing change and fostering collaborative relationships across an enterprise. Laura holds an M.Ed from the University Nebraska Lincoln, a BA in Organizational Communication from California State University, Sacramento, and is a certified SPHR professional. Laura is also a program leader for the Institute of Career Advancement Needs (ICAN), Women’s Leadership Circles.

Originally from Sacramento, CA, Laura has lived in Nebraska for over 20 years.  In addition to her work, Laura enjoys her involvement in the community, exercise, traveling, continuous learning and building lasting connections wherever she goes.

On a personal note, Laura enjoys reading fiction and, for the past 8 years, she has participated in a wonderful book club with great women.  In addition to her work with BFJ Omaha, she volunteers as a Big Sister through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and serves as a coordinator for The Hope Center for Kids Employability Academy which serves young people in the North Omaha community (predominately African American). You can read more about them at http://www.hopecenterforkids.com/.  Beyond that, she loves to travel both within the United States and internationally.

She also belongs to a great group in Omaha called Connections – it’s made up of woman between the ages of 26 and 84 who are making a difference in the Omaha community.  It’s a wonderfully eclectic group of women including a juvenile court judge, an art appraiser, several small to medium business owners, CEO’s and a minister.   They meet monthly and share experiences and resources – it’s a great connection, and one that has helped her to grow spiritually and professionally.