Live Podcast: The Intersection of People and Place with Laura Kohler
NEWaukee is a social architecture firm that specializes in talent attraction and retention through place-based engagement strategies. We work with companies large and small to ensure their workforce is connected to the community and highly engaged with their employers. On a semi-monthly basis, NEWaukee hosts a podcast in conjunction with WTMJ 620. This 20-minute program explores what companies and cities are doing across the world to attract, retain and engage talent. Topics range from: recruiting the next generation, developing metrics for employee engagement, placemaking the workplace, delivering return on community versus return on investment and much more. Join us in the beautiful Quadracci Pavilion in the Milwaukee Art Museum to watch the live podcast recording with Laura Kohler! Find past episodes here! Laura KohlerLaura E. Kohler is Senior Vice President-Human Resources & Stewardship, and has served on Kohler’s Board of Directors since 1999.She is responsible for the company’s worldwide Human Resources organization and leads Kohler Stewardship – Kohler’s global corporate social responsibility program which drives ethics, a respectful workplace, engagement, community partnerships and associate giving, corporate giving and the Arts Industry.Ms. Kohler began her career at Kohler Co. in 1995 as Director-Public Affairs. She was named Vice President of Communications in 1998 and Vice President of Human Resources in 1999. In 2002, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources, with the addition of Labor Relations and. In 2015, she took on the responsibility of Kohler Stewardship.Prior to joining Kohler Co., Ms. Kohler served as Executive Director of the Kohler Foundation, Inc., for two years. Earlier in her career, she facilitated team development as an Outward Bound instructor for clients such as Quaker Oats, Wharton Business School and the University of Chicago; managed National Players, a classical theatre company in Washington D.C.; and worked for Youth Guidance, a Chicago agency providing artists to Chicago Public Schools.Ms. Kohler currently serves as board chair of Outward Bound, the Kohler Trust for Arts & Education and the Kohler Trust for Preservation. Additionally, she sits on the board of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, The Actors Center in New York City and Lawrence University. Formerly, Laura served on the Kohler Public School Board of Education for 8 years, and in 2005 was named co-recipient of the Wisconsin State Superintendent’s “Friends of Education” award.Ms. Kohler received her bachelor’s degree in political science and theatre from Duke University, Durham, N.C., and her master’s degree in fine arts from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.