Laura Gates at Berkeley Hass School of Business

Laura brings warmth, humor and vulnerability with a grounded practicality as a corporate trainer and executive coach. 

As a speaker, Laura Gates weaves her personal journey and lessons as a leadership coach and trainer for thousands of leaders, from Silicon Valley executives, to Wall Street bankers to NASA astronauts, over the past thirty years.

Laura will inspire your team, group or conference with her direct, no-nonsense approach to leadership and life.

Laura was a fantastic addition to our opening leadership training program. From the very beginning, she brought a sense of authenticity and understanding to the group. The entire group was engaged and energized by Laura.
— Rick Wells, President & CEO San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

Past Speaking Engagements Include:

  • Various private internal corporate Leadership and Purpose, Hard Conversations, Managing our Energy and Time, Coaching for Managers 2018/2019

  • Berkeley Haas School of Business Leadership and Purpose Tru University by True Ventures 2018

  • Hard Conversations Project Management Institute of Silicon Valley - 2018

  • Project Management Institute of Silicon Valley Leading Outside the Box May 2017

  • Return to Work, Visa International, (with the Executive Coaching Consultancy) May 2016 SF

  • Finding Purpose Through Work, Wisdompreneuers day long event, Wisdom Week, Wisdom 2.0 2016 SF

  • Finding our Calling Through Work, WIN Global Women’s Leadership Conference, Rome Italy, 2015

  • Wisdom 2.0 Unplugged (Esalen) co-facilitator on Finding Purpose

  • Finding your Purpose; Presented to Drake High School Leadership Committee

  • "Conscious Leadership: Stepping Out of Ego- to Lead with Soul.” WIN Global Leadership Conference Prague 2013

  • San Rafael Leadership Institute invited speaker/facilitator

  • Marin HR Forum, Marin County Women’s Commission

  • California Staffing Professionals

  • ARMA Houston Conference keynote speaker

  • University of North Texas International Conference on Work Teams

  • Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action

  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

  • Women in Communications

  • San Francisco Business and Professional Women’s Association

Laura took on the challenge of motivating a room full of participants with aplomb.

She judged the audience well and left them inspired and with new found confidence.  She is also great fun to work with, sharp, pragmatic and good fun to be around.  I can strongly recommend her.
— Geraldine Gallacher, Managing Director, Executive Coaching Consultancy, Return to Work Event April 2016 for Visa
We needed a dynamic, energetic and engaging keynote speaker. We got that and more with Laura Gates.

I still hear from people who attended the conference on how they were impacted by Laura. If you need a corporate coach, she’s it. If you need a presenter, she’s it. She changed my life that day and I am forever different because of Laura. I challenge you to experience her for yourself. An 11 out of 10 for her. I highly recommend Laura Gates.
— Robin Athlyn Thompson, ARMA conference

About Laura Gates

Laura Gates Gates Group LLC

As a speaker and workshop facilitator, Laura consistency receives high ratings for her engagements. Laura is an Executive Coach and team building facilitator, Founder of Gates Group, LLC, a leadership coaching and mentoring company. She also consults with a variety of leadership training companies, including the Executive Coaching Consultancy, LLC (UK) and Learning as Leadership where as a founding member she's provided leadership coaching and training for over 20 years in the Learning as Leadership Egosystem® methodology.

Laura previously ran a 6-figure marketing consulting business after starting her career in Citibank’s prestigious management training program on Wall Street. Laura combines business practicality with conscious leadership in her mentoring and coaching.

Current and past clients span the globe and include NASA, Shell Oil, Capital One, AT+T, Quaker Chemical, Lexis Nexis, Hewlett Packard, McKesson, the Department of Energy, the US Navy, the Pentagon, M+T Bank, Mahindra BT, Silicon Valley Giants and venture-backed start-up CEOs, and Visa International from China, India, South America, Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and the UK. 

Laura has studied with wisdom teachers in the Mayan, Aboriginal and Native American cultures. She holds a Masters Certification in Intuition Medicine® from the Academy of Intuition Medicine®, and studied the Four Fold Way® leadership training with Angeles Arrien. She’s studied Non-Violent Communications, Rational Behavior Therapy and 360º Assessment tools and certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching as well as ICF training. She holds a B.S. in Business from Syracuse University’s School of Management and Entrepreneurship from the San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

As an executive coach and trainer, Laura has spoken before audiences of hundreds and regularly facilitates workshops for leadership teams and delivers on-site and public leadership training seminars. 

20 years ago, I first came to rely upon Laura as my company marketing genius; Laura led my company to high visibility and me to increasing impact as a nationally-recognized innovator in my field. Several years later, when Laura and I worked together at Learning as Leadership in coaching leaders and teams, I often took advantage of her coaching insight and skill to help me shift the course of my life and career. Laura’s coaching ability is similar to her presence as a speaker and a writer; Laura has a humorous way of telling on herself, her inner thoughts, frustrations, tripping over self-manufactured obstacles, so that the rest of us can see ourselves.

You can feel her commitment to enter personally challenging territory, using the tools to learn and create a better path; Laura inspires her coaches and her audience to do the same.
— Carole, Berkson- Ross, PMP, CPT, Principal Strategist, Employee Development at Pacific Gas and Electric
I had an opportunity to attend a seminar in which Laura spoke about the “image” of a leader. Overall, I felt that I gained insights and techniques that I’ll use to lead my service managers and sales team.

As a presenter, Laura is very personable and engaging, which I feel helped to make it a very valuable training.
— Bob Bonomo, Manpower Group
I highly recommend Laura who spoke to our California Staffing Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter recently and mesmerized our audience. Her presentation was both well thought out and introspective.
— Richard Rue, President at the Volare Group, Inc.

Main Speaking Topics Include:

Laura Gates Speaking

Women in Leadership- Laura came up through the ranks of Wall Street banking in NY in the 80s, ran a marketing firm catering to emerging women- owned businesses in SF in the 90s and has coached hundreds of women in the male dominated aerospace, hi tech, bio tech, pharmaceutical and sports industries. She helps her clients tap into purpose and find a unique path to owning their role as leaders.

Leading with Purpose - Drawing upon her in-depth knowledge across multiple industries working with thousands of leaders, Laura knows the pressures and demands required to lead others and navigate change. This topic covers finding our purpose, leading with purpose, and navigating dead end careers, career transitions and leaps of faith to follow what has heart and meaning.

Strategy, Creativity and Innovation - What blocks us from innovating and tapping into our creativity? How can we marry the work that brings us joy with earning a paycheck? In this talk we explore a tried and true process Laura uses with her clients to free up their creative minds for greater work and contribution.

Presentations are customized to fit your needs. 
Topic and Format Options Include:

Interactive Workshops:

  • Leading With Purpose

  • Finding Your Calling at Work

Inspirational Topics: 

  • Conscious Leadership

  • Navigating Transitions


Contact Laura to book her for your next conference or event.

message Laura@LauraFrancesGates.com

Laura did a wonderful job speaking at the Marin Human Resources Forum lunch meeting. I was amazed how Laura was able to teach our group a number of key concepts in a very short amount of time. I find Laura to be personable, caring, knowledgeable and professional, and I would not hesitate to recommend her as a speaker for a corporate event.
— Debi Geller, Nelson Staffing
I had the great pleasure to assist Laura with her workshop on leadership during the Women International Networking - global conference in Prague this year. Not only did I learn a lot during the experience, but I got to share a great moment with Laura who struck me not only as a great Coach but also as a very open and genuine person, a real pleasure to work with. I wish Laura all the best, professionally and personally, and hope to get more opportunities to work with her in the future.
— Andrea Delannoy, Business Manager, Geneva