Consultant, Laura Shields
How long have you been a member of the NASPP?
Laura: 17 years
How did you end up working on stock compensation?
Laura: I was the Exec Admin for the VP who had taken the company public 3 years earlier. My first week, he handed me the ShareData OTC software and told me I was signed up for training in downtown Los Angeles (yuck)! As the company grew, stock became a larger percentage of my time, as well as supporting him in HR, Facilities, Corporate Insurance and Investor Relations. When he left the company, I was given full-time responsibility for stock but still kept Investor Relations.
What would you be doing if you didn't work in stock compensation?
Laura: Not sure.
What was your college or university major?
Laura: Which time? Right out of high school it was Journalism, and I did get my AA in Journalism, then Communications, then finally Business.
Name one item you couldn't do your job without:
What are your favorite things to do when you aren't working?
Laura: read, watch movie musicals
Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
Laura: I've had so few vacations, any of them would qualify as a favorite, but probably Santa Barbara and Solvang.
What is the title of your favorite or most recently read book?
Laura: Since I'm traveling, I'm reading more, so anything by Karen Kingsbury. Still looking for other authors like her.
What PAST affiliations do you have with the NASPP (e.g. past chapter president, former treasurer, etc. - please specify the chapter as well as the role)?
Laura: Program Co-Chair for the Phoenix chapter, 2008-2012.
What is your favorite NASPP resource?
Laura: NASPP website portals
How many NASPP conferences have you attended?
Laura: I need to count how many book bags I have (lol).
You post or answer questions in the NASPP Discussion Forum:
How has being a member of the NASPP helped you?
Laura: I never feel alone. I've always been a one woman show at the companies I've worked for, so having the resources and access to those who've been through it before is immensely comforting.