A business owner, author, speaker and media darling, Laura Berman Fortgang has put in tens of thousands of hours as an executive, small business and career coach.
Laura is one of the first professional coaches to be trained and credentialed in the United States. She helped found The International Coach Federation and has parlayed her expertise in coaching into an international presence in corporate and public arenas as well as TV, print and electronic media . Her most recent TEDx talk has been viewed over 250,000 times.
When I was ready to make a career change, I called an old mentor of mine in the entertainment industry and it turns out, he had become a coach. I had no idea what that was but it sounded like just what I needed.
Laura’s five mainstream books have been published in thirteen languages and distributed around the world. She’s been a Reuters national bestseller, an Amazon Best Seller, a Nautilus Award Silver Winner and finalist for a Books for a Better Life Awards alongside his holiness, The Dalai Lama.
The stage is one of Laura’s favorite platforms. Her early start as a musical theatre performer has evolved into an entertaining and high-energy style as a keynote speaker having lent her talents to companies the likes of YUM Brands, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, The World Bank and many others both in the US and abroad.
After getting a degree in communications because my parents insisted on a ‘safe’ path, I ran to NYC to pursue my life long dream of being on Broadway. I had a relatively successful go as a theatre actor but when I was almost broken by the lifestyle and waiting on tables, I discovered coaching. Unproven and unknown, it still felt 100% right. It worked for me so I jumped in with both feet to make it a career.
Laura has also been a media perennial . Her appearances on Oprah, The CBS Early Show, NBC’s Today, Good Morning America, various nationally syndicated and cable outlets as well as a long stint as contributing editor for Redbook Magazine and as a Huffington Post blogger has helped her reach millions of people who want to enhance their work and life.
Through her coaching company, InterCoach, Inc./Now What?® Coaching, Laura has provided coaching to diverse clients ranging from homemakers, celebrities and Fortune 100 companies to NASA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
I’ve never been comfortable with the status quo. I don’t believe in change for change’s sake, but I can find patterns in chaos and create systems for businesses and individuals alike. There are even patterns in human behavior that when spotted, can allow for dramatic positive change.
Since 9/11, most individuals seek her out to help them change or tweak their career path and companies have been calling on her to bring coaching skills into their organizations for over twenty years.
In the rest of her life, Laura is a wife, a mother of three teens, a leader in community volunteer efforts, a newly-minted eldercare student, an interfaith minister and an occasional musical theater performer.
I wish I had more time to see my longtime friends more often, but I don’t regret the choices I’ve made.