Meet the Team: Laura!

Why is Grit important to you?

I learned of the importance of Grit later in life than I wish I had. I didn’t need much of it to get what I wanted growing up. However, the importance of Grit became clear to me after I left home for college: Hard work always beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. Every time. It’s an important reminder that the best accomplishments are usually the ones that require the most effort.

What is your Grit score?

It’s currently at 3.2. I wish there were a 3rd party evaluator to assess my Grit score since I tend to give mostly neutral answers in self-assessments. Everything is relative to the situation or mood I’m in.

Curious what your grit score is? You can take the quiz here!

What’s a personal hobby that you’re passionate about?

I like to watch and play tennis. I hope to make it to all the Grand Slams soon – I’ll be in Melbourne for the Australian Open in January 2020!

A personal passion of mine at work is to take GXG to Brazil where I was born and raised before coming to the U.S. for college. Our work has a terrifically positive impact not only for our clients but all their stakeholders. I’d love for us to be a part of building a better future for Brazil, a country with tremendous potential.

What’s your out of the office learning goal?

My aspirational OOO goal is to learn to play the piano, but the logistics around that are currently more complicated than my more practical goal of being fluent in French.

What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever gotten?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

What’s something interesting that you’ve read, listened to, or watched recently?

The U.S. Open tennis tournaments finals this year (both men’s and women’s) were so interesting and exciting to watch. Also, during a recent advisory board meeting, the conversation focused on passionately pursuing making people’s lives better. It was encouraging to listen to great business leaders who truly care about all their stakeholders.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Several things (does that mean a low grit score?) - I’ve wanted to be a vet, a writer, a burger chain owner, and an ad executive.

Are you a cat or a dog person?

Dogs are one of the greatest gifts humanity could ever receive. Luigi (my fetch-obsessed dog, pictured multiple times below) is quite crazy, but I'll take him over the world's greatest cat any day.