Laura holds an honors mathematics degree from the University of Western Ontario, is a life and health actuary (FSA), and holds the chartered financial analyst designation (CFA). Laura received her MBA, with a concentration in Strategic and Entrepreneurship Management, from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where she graduated with several university and peer awards. She was also part of the team that won first prize in the Wharton Business Plan Competition in 2003 with a pet insurance company concept.Prior to her MBA, she worked for The Canada Life Assurance Company in Toronto, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, in a number of leadership roles, including asset-liability management, strategic planning, and business development. After graduating with her MBA and co-founding Embrace, she became the first pet insurance actuary in the US, bringing an integrative actuarial approach to a complex and undervalued product. Laura is in her fourth term as Chairman of the Board of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, promoting pet insurance awareness and education in the US, and a “Women in Insurance Leadership” winner in 2012 awarded by Insurance Networking News.Laura is a wife and mother in her second job, and when she isn't thinking about family or pets, Laura delights in experiencing different cultures though food and travel and allowing others a view into her life through her multiple blogs.
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