Laura Close

Career Coach | Leadership Development Specialist

Laura brings her depth of experience in community organizing, social justice advocacy, and politics to professionals and leaders across sectors.

Laura and her team offer a holistic approach to coaching for career transitions, promotions, influencing up, organizational or team leadership, and public persona refinement. 

Their unique storytelling intake process generates a custom leadership analysis. The strategies you naturally use are analyzed for growth, your unexplored opportunities are brought forward, and blind spots are identified. Laura and her team design corrective field assignments embedded in your real work projects. Private sessions are a space to process to deepen the work. 

Their coaching lens relies on the wisdom and healing of undoing oppression theory: where you come from matters. Laura and her team bring a smart, non-judgmental, supportive approach to leadership development that fosters the breakthroughs, insights, and developmental support your board or senior leaders may not have the bandwidth to offer. A strong sense of worth and clear direction are consistent outcomes of this work. 

At the Shelterwood Collective, Laura works with senior-leaders serious about leveling up. Laura offers online sessions for leaders across the country and around the world.


  • Executive Presence Coaching

  • Career Discernment and Strategy

  • Senior Level Elevator Pitch & Interview Coaching

  • Key Obstacle Analysis and Resolution

  • Curated Reading and Listening Assignments

  • Custom Scripts, Ghostwriting and Editing

  • Target Research

  • Leadership Field Assignments

  • Influencing & Networking tactics

  • Media/PR support


To talk more about coaching, ask questions about the process, or to set up an appointment, visit