Laura Downing   CEO, CLIR Strategy Coaching

Laura Downing
CEO, CLIR Strategy Coaching

Laura Downing

In her words:

"I have spent my career building consultancies to help organizations achieve strategic results. I have had the honor of working with dedicated business executives, military officers, non-profit visionaries and front line employees all of whom are committed to making their strategy a reality. The fun is in finding the way to make strategy work in each unique setting to achieve lasting impact.

"My roots are in strategy management and Balanced Scorecard from two decades of working with Drs. Kaplan and Norton. My love is aligning leadership teams around their vision and strategy. My approach is tailored for the clients I have worked with: mega organizations such as Irving Oil, British Telecom; government agencies including Office of Management and Budget and US Army and social service organizations such as Catholic Charities and Children's League of MA. These organizations could not be more different but somehow the basics of strategy implementation apply to large and small, for profit and not for profit, global and local organizations. They key is to ensure the strategy management discipline is created, owned and sustained by the leadership team. Strategy cannot be outsourced or delegated.

"My career has been greatly enhanced by 25 years of learning from my colleagues and clients. I was a co-founder of Balanced Scorecard Collaborative/Palladium where we advanced the strategy management methodology in commercial organizations and brought it to large government agencies around the world. I founded Ascendant and Mission Vector to bring strategy solutions to mission driven organizations. My formal education includes a finance degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

"Today, I head CLIR Coaching where I and my colleagues help develop senior leaders and teams into strategic leaders who can create lasting strategic value for their organizations.

"On the personal front, I live in Boston and spend a lot of energy giving back to the community. I am the board chair at Labouré College in Milton. My husband and I coach a swim team of intellectually disabled adults in Dorchester. And, yet, we can most often be found watching our son play hockey somewhere in the area."