laura v. woodside


Based in Silicon Valley, Laura has over fifteen years of experience in recruiting and people operations in global technology, industrial, and professional services companies. At JWC Partners, Laura has focused on senior executive and board recruiting. One of Laura's professional strengths lies in understanding specialized expertise and finding the right leader for important roles.

Laura began her career at McKinsey & Company where, as a consultant, she worked on a wide variety of functional areas including strategy, marketing, pricing, and people operations. She worked with senior management teams in a range of industries: mobile telecommunications, healthcare, financial services, and insurance.

With a deep interest in professional development and staffing, Laura focused on managing people operations starting in 2001. She worked as the staffing leader for McKinsey's Business Technology Office in Palo Alto, filling highly technical roles on teams in quickly changing areas of technology. She worked for McKinsey & Company in the Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Seoul, New York, and London offices, leading people initiatives ranging from diversity recruiting to executive compensation.

Laura joined JWC Partners in January 2016, and she has since worked on many "mission impossible" searches, including a PhD CEO search, multifactorial diversity searches, and initial "no" but final "yes" searches.

Laura received a JD from Stanford University, an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA from Yale University. Laura and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two children.


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