Laura Cox Kaplan is the creator of She Said / She Said — a multimedia platform for women who strive to live with intention and achieve their goals.
Laura’s diverse 30-year career spanned some of the highest institutions in Washington, DC — a place of constant change. She spent ten years on the executive management team of global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where she served as Principal-in-Charge of Government, Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, coordinating strategies across more than 150 countries. Before that Laura held senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, after getting her start as a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill.
Though her experiences varied, the common thread was mastering the art of gaining and exerting influence — in government, advocacy, media, and even in navigating family life.
As her own career evolved, Laura couldn’t help but notice the women around her were navigating change, too. Motivated by a desire to pay her life’s work forward and to invest in other women, she recognized the power and potential in sharing stories of how successful women have understood, embraced, and leveraged influence. She followed her own advice — “never let fear stop you” — and She Said/She Said podcast was born.
Each week, Laura unpacks the concept of influence as the driving force for getting what you want. She brings together compelling storytelling with actionable advice about women’s lives and careers, encouraging the necessary conversations women need to embrace and direct their own personal and professional evolutions.
In addition to her work on She Said / She Said, Laura is a corporate and non-profit board member and advisor, author, and adjunct professor at American University. A frequent speaker and blog contributor, Laura’s work has appeared in many publications, including Fortune Magazine, U.S. News, The Huffington Post, and World Economic Forum Blog.
Laura was awarded the Alice Paul Alumnae Award from American University, and has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine. Previously, Laura received a “Trailblazer Award” from the American Law Journal, and a Meritorious Service Award from the U.S. Department of Treasury for her work in public and regulatory policy.
Prior to receiving a master’s degree in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C., she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and government from the University of Texas in Austin. She and her husband, Joel, live with their son and daughter in Chevy Chase, Maryland.