Laura Herring, MA, CRP, GMS: Founder and Chairwoman

A pioneer in career/life transition support, psychologist Laura Herring is Founder and Chairwoman of IMPACT Group, a global, WBE-certified career development firm that provides high touch solutions in talent development, global mobility and career transition that drive individual and organizational performance. Celebrating 25 years this year, IMPACT Group is a leader in the human resource consulting space with solutions delivered by dedicated, expert career consultants paired with next generation technology.

Outside of her advisory leadership at IMPACT Group, Laura plays an active role in organizations that focus on the arts and stimulate economic growth in St. Louis and beyond. She was a founding member of the St. Louis Economic Development, chairs the Advisory Board of Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Art at Webster University and sits on the Board of Directors of Webster University and the National Chamber of Commerce National Advisory Board. Laura is a member of the Women's Corporate Directors, the Committee of 200, the Foundation Board of C200 and is presently reviving the Protégé Program at C200, a program she was invited to be part of in 2003. Laura's past boards include the St Louis History museum, Science Center and the Regional Commerce and Growth Association.

Under Laura's leadership, IMPACT Group received numerous awards including the Inc.500 Fastest Growing Companies List, the Golden Plate Award by the Old Newsboys Day organization, the distinguished Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business Award, “Top 500 Woman-Owned Business” awarded by and the St. Louis’ Top 50 Award by the Regional Chamber & Growth Association. Past individual honors for Laura include selection as one of the Top Women Entrepreneurs in St. Louis for multiple years, receipt of The Alliance of Women's Organizations' 1993 "Woman of Achievement" award, and her inclusion in the "Top 50 Who's Who in St. Louis Business" in 1994. She was also a recipient of NAWBO's Distinguished Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the St. Louis Business Journal’s 25 Most Influential Business Women award in 2004.

An internationally known speaker, Laura regularly addresses career/life transition issues at global and national conferences, and has been featured in articles in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA TODAY, Newsweek, Fortune, Mobility Magazine and HR Executive.

Currently Laura coaches CEOs on growing their companies and speaks to business and university groups about igniting their passion for business. She is also authoring a book, "IGNITE YOUR IMPACT: HOW TO FIRE UP YOUR PASSION FOR SUCCESS," to be released soon. For leisure, Laura enjoys, golf, travel, theater, reading and spending time with her friends and family, notably her husband Mike and her daughter Lauren, CEO of IMPACT Group.