Laura Weiss is a strategist, designer, educator, and consultant who helps organizations grow through innovation initiatives. She has spent more than twenty years guiding all aspects of the innovation process and the operating activities that are associated with it. Leveraging her expertise in both design-thinking and management consulting, she has skillfully led interdisciplinary teams and guided both private and social sector organizations in product and service innovation, business process transformation, and talent development initiatives.
Laura provides independent advisory services that help organizations get results from their innovation projects and initiatives utilizing collaborative problem-solving, expert process facilitation, and conflict mediation. Previously she was a member of the Executive Management Team of the Taproot Foundation, serving as its Vice President of Service Innovation. During her tenure she advised on the evolution of the organization’s award-winning Service Grant Program, and oversaw the growth of its corporate Advisory Services practice. Prior to Taproot Laura spent nine years as a Practice Director and Associate Partner with world-renowned design consultancy IDEO where she focused on innovation for service industries and advised companies as diverse as AT&T, Morgan Stanley, and AAA.
In addition to her consulting and management career, Laura has been a registered architect with extensive experience as a designer, educator, and project manager. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Architecture, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. Laura holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.Arch from Yale University, and a B.Arch with honors from Cornell University.