Worth co-founded LifeSense
Institute, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to humanist projects that
improve our quality of life. She co-founded the BuildingCircles
project in 2005 to create affordable, nature-integrated, and sustainable
human shelter. Laura is a seasoned entrepreneur in developing
care technologies companies as well as a Life
and Relationship Coach, skilled in group facilitation and inspiring
Laura is also a web
coach and mentor,
and Associate Producer for SeaDrift
Laura's interest in affordable and
sustainable housing and energy solutions compliments her desire to facilitate
the creation of both a virtual and "real-world" community of "creative
elders." The community she envisions will share affinities
in many areas, including the appreciation of these earth-sheltered habitats.
In 2003 Laura helped build two large-scale,
one-of-a-kind ferrocement installations, designed by her partner, Robert
at the Casa del Mar estate in Caspar, California, is a ferrocement, sea
stack-like "grotto," measuring approximately 18' L x 8' W x 8' H.
It is complemented by natural plant growth. The second installation is
a ferrocement, scallop shell-like, covered garden bench and wind break.
A 26-year veteran of entrepreneurial
business ventures. Co-founder and Vice President of four health care and
medical products companies. 10 years as a Life and Business Coach,
founding Worth Coaching Services
where she works with groups and individuals from many walks of life.
She is trained professionally in psychotherapy and counseling, group facilitation,
Managed communication with investors
Wrote business and financial plans, reports,
Designed, performed and administered
market research; managed focus groups.
Managed advertising and public relations.
Personnel/human resources policy development;
hiring, and payroll.
Managed budgets, accounting, and legal
Developed materials for public health
education and corporate client wellness programs.
Prepared grant applications.
Prepared applications for approval of
medical research on human subjects
Prepared FDA submissions for permission
to market medical devices
Set up and maintained office systems
and processes; office organizing
Extensive experience with office equipment;
Web site development.
Negotiated, prepared, and managed contracts
Vendor relations and purchasing.
Mentors sole proprietors.
2006 - Present
Institute, a nonprofit corporation to sponsor humanist projects dedicated
to improving our quality of life. These projects currently include the
Energy Project initiated in 2006 and educational support for BuildingCircles
Organization initiated in 2005.
2005 - Present
Organization to build affordable and sustainable nature-integrated
homes for independent living.
SeaDrift Media Productions
Media Productions, an independent media production company. Produced
Edge-Spirit's JourneyDVD and music CD.
Worth Coaching Services
Life and Relationship Coach, Group
Facilitator, Teacher, Author
Guides and supports clients in clarifying
personal direction and values, decision-making, and creating life balance
and focus. Assists in goals identification and planning (short-term
and long-term), motivation and procrastination management, time management,
personal and office organizational systems, and other strategies for improved
quality of life. Specializes in coaching clients at life's transition
points. Offers business coaching, specializing in small businesses and
home-based business. Offers life and relationship coaching in various
formats: groups, classes, workshops, one-on-one and two-on-one.
Virtual and in-person coaching are both available to clients.
Coaching Services to help pioneer the introduction of life and business
coaching to the public in 1995. Responsible for WCS's strategic
planning, marketing; advertising and public relations; sales; content,
methods, curriculum and proprietary materials development; business and
financial planning, legal and accounting functions. Authors
and publishes coaching e-newsletter,
Coaching Minute and a newspaper column, Bright Moments.
Advanced Medical Technologies,
Advanced Input Products, LLC .
Founder and Vice President
1980 - 2004
Co-founded four privately held and
financed companies engaged in research and development of proprietary healthcare-related
technologies, tools for public health education, and corporate employee
wellness programs. Served on their Boards and as Vice President of
Operations, Vice President of Administration, Secretary (officer), and
also filled roles of office manager, executive assistant, and administrative
assistant. Aggregate fiduciary responsibility for corporate budgets
totaling $3.7 million.
1995 - 1999
Included two year assignment as Senior
Human Resources Assistant. Various other temporary assignments filling
the following positions: Executive Assistant to the President and CEO,
Executive Assistant to VP of Human Resources, Administrative Assistant,
CLINICAL PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND COUNSELOR (internships)
Family Service Agency of San Mateo
Therapist, Supervised MSW Internship
Crisis and long-term psychotherapy
using individual, couple, family, and group modalities.
East Bay Transitional Services
Therapist, Supervised MSW Internship
Residential treatment center for
adults and older adolescents with severe psychiatric disorders.
Masters in Social Work (MSW) from
San Francisco State University (1983). Training for clinical social
work with special preparation for counseling clients suffering from chronic
B.A. (sociology) from San Francisco
State University (1972).
U.S. Patent No. 5,348,008 (issued
September 20, 1994)
“Cardiorespiratory Alert System”
In-depth interviews with patients
suffering from chronic illness (inflammatory bowel disease); sole responsibility
for design and execution of this exploratory ethnomethodology. Thesis
for Masters in Social Work (MSW).
AVOCATIONAL SKILLS, INTERESTS, AND ACTIVITIES
and business consultant/mentor for Peninsula acting ensemble, Constance
Wise Productions, an acting school and ensemble based in Palo Alto,
California. Assisted with teaching and directing students.
Co-founder of DIAJ
(Drummers in a Jam), a 10-year commitment to building community
in the San Francisco Bay Area using community drum circles. DIAJ
evolved into a musical performing group specializing in audience participation.
The DIAJ ensemble recorded and performed African-inspired, California-grown
in The San Francisco Bay Area.
Principal musician (alto recorder) of
(Drummers in a Jam).
Co-founder of Big Deal Productions,
an independent music production company dedicated to producing DIAJ music.
In 1998 co-produced the DIAJ CD, Pangaea:
Old World, New Visions.
Co-produced Sweet California Ballet
original performance event with audience participation), performed at Burgess
Theater, Menlo Park, CA 1997 and The
World Is You, a world music and fusion dance community performance
event at Hidden Villa, Los Altos, California in 2001.
Principal musician, the SoundMoments
duo (performing and recording as a duo with Robert Bornn). Vocalizations,
soprano, and alto recorder (improvisational world fusion music); African-style
drums and percussion (African-inspired improvisational music).
Writing, cooking, gardening, reading.