Laura Wells

SIY Certified Teacher


Oakland, CA, USA

Languages Offered

English French


Laura is an international MBA and longtime meditator who trains individuals and teams in emotional intelligence skills.

In 2019, Laura founded Awake in Business, a consultancy that offers an array of programs to develop compassionate leadership skills, including powerful personal presence, focus, resilience, productive collaboration, and empathy. She loves to co-create workplace spaces of trust, connection, productive collaboration and positive impact. When people show up authentically and connect with each other at work, it changes the way organizations operate—and she believes this will change our human world from the inside-out.

As a Certified Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Teacher, Laura has brought the Google-born SIY Program to LinkedIn, HP Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Facebook, Global Citizen Year, and other organizations. She has also taught the program for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, at a large public program in Berkeley and for a confidential client in San Francisco.

Before becoming an organizational facilitator and coach, Laura managed and developed innovations for iconic brands in the corporate sector, including M&M’s, Palmolive, Disneyland Paris, and Dove (@ Unilever). She later converted this business training to head up marketing and communications at the not-for-profit Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, where she learned to engage her heart in her work (and to translate neuroscience research).

Now Laura brings all this experience and her whole self to work. She has lived and worked in the US and Europe, led numerous global projects, speaks French and German, and is open to meeting clients wherever they may be in the world.

Available for organizational training / organizational development and program design / group facilitation / team offsites & retreats / keynote presentations / leadership coaching / communications strategy. 

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