Friday, December 16, 2011

Executive Leadership Institute Participant Profile: Laura Ramanis

Laura Ramanis is Mercer's managing partner for the New England region and a member of Mercer's U.S. leadership team. Before joining Mercer 11 years ago, Laura spent several years with Towers Watson in Chicago and also led a division at an international executive search firm. Laura has served on several non-profit boards and is currently an Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia.

What do you like most about your job?
The diversity of the role, includingworking with clients, managing a large business, motivating people, and driving business results.

Who do you admire in the business world?
I really admire the scrappiness and resourcefulness of entrepreneurs. They are required to continually think creatively, while in the corporate world, we many times get stuck in a process barrier trying to innovate.

If you could have any job in Boston, other than your own, what would it be and why?
A leading role at the Kennedy School to influence global public policy.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
Focus on results, then find the right sponsors in the organization who will highlight your success with others and support your growth in the organization. Also, "be like a duck"...appear calm on the surface, while paddling hard to move ahead.

How do you like to unwind after a long day?
Walk the dog with my husband and talk about anything, then read a book with my kids.

What reading material is on your nightstand?
" Onward" by Howard Schultz.

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