General Manager, Boeing Salt Lake City
Manufacturing is the transformation of raw materials into finished goods that connect us, make our lives easier, inspire future products or just make us smile. I am fortunate that my passion for airplanes, operations, physics, and math means I can enjoy a career full of invention, creativity, and people.”
Laura is the general manager of The Boeing Company’s site in Salt Lake City, Utah, where her teams manufacture airplane parts from both aluminum and composites. During Laura’s 22 years at Boeing, the teams she has been a part of have achieved much, including revolutionizing air travel with the 787 Dreamliner, the fastest-selling widebody airplane in history.
In addition to her work to ensure the success of the 787, the first commercial airplane with a composite fuselage, Laura has held various roles in both engineering and manufacturing, from research and development, to customer support. Laura enjoys continuously challenging herself to grow both personally and professionally.
Laura constantly seeks opportunities to support and mentor women and is a vocal advocate for women in manufacturing, both within Boeing and externally. In 2017, she co-authored a well-received op-ed for the Salt Lake Tribune on the importance of getting more women into U.S. engineering jobs. She actively engages in organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers and Boeing Women in Leadership. Laura also remains an active alumna of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations Program, which grows leaders who can speak the languages of both Engineering and Manufacturing.
Currently, Laura manages Boeing’s participation in the Utah Aerospace Pathways program which encourages high school students to pursue careers in aerospace and STEM-related academic pursuits. In addition, Laura oversees a statewide philanthropic budget of nearly $700K, supporting charities such as the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Salt Lake and the University of Utah.