Leadership Wilson

Individual Class Member Details

Individual Class Member Details

Laura Katherine Headley
Edward Jones Investments
Class of 2021
Red
(615) 308-9964

Member Since: July 1st, 2020
Current Activities / Involvement

Vice-chair, Membership Division of the Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors, Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce
Past president- Lebanon Rotary club (second of three female presidents in its 98 year history)
Advisory board member for Wesleyan student group (Cumberland University)
Stewardship Chair- Lebanon First United Methodist Church

Major Barriers

In the context of Leadership Wilson involvement, I have been nominated (and even accepted) previously, but I focused first on raising my daughter and building a sustainable business as a new resident in Lebanon. I have known since I first started working in Lebanon that I wanted to participate with Leadership Wilson; this is the season for me to become involved and be able to commit to the process (Dorie, you are right as always about knowing when the time is right!). If I am accepted into the 2021 class, I will not be taking on any new volunteer responsibilities so that I can be fully engaged with Leadership, making the most of my participation in this opportunity to learn, connect, contribute, and grow.

Community Challenge / Issue / Goal

In 2014, when I was first getting to know the Lebanon area as my new workplace, I remember driving by the low-income housing neighborhoods thinking about those manicured lawn areas and their potential to become self-sustained food sources (i.e. community gardens). Having previously worked in high-poverty schools/ neighborhoods in my career with MNPS and knowing how much my students struggled with food insecurity and access to green spaces, in my head I had connected my heart for helping people out and helping people UP with my love of food, cooking, gardening. At the time, I only had the time and ability to help out with short-term feeding options like Compassionate Hands and food drives, but the vision for something... greater, more sustainable, more systemic... that hasn't left my heart.
Fast forward to two years ago, when Ryan Bennett announced his vision for ending hunger in Wilson County... he didn't know exactly HOW that would happen, but he was bold to put it out there. That resonated back to my own vision as well... I think there is so much potential for teaching people HOW to grow food, cook, feed their families and not be totally dependent on others, and as far as I can tell, the programs don't exist yet to really address sustainable food sources, although our community has shown the will to care for and feed others. Lots of opportunity to add another level of depth to this issue, and I'd like to be involved in those conversations.

Education: High School

John Carroll Catholic High School- 1988

Education: College

UAB- B'ham, AL (B.S. Education- 1993)

Education: Graduate Level

Peabody College of Education- Vanderbilt University- M.Ed. Special Education

Education: Extracurricular & Leadership

Women's Inclusion Leader- Region 206 Edward Jones
Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Compassionate Hands, WCS/ LSSD Stuff the Bus program

Company / Job Responsibilities

I am the sole financial advisor for our practice (office); with my two office administrators who oversee all branch processes/ client services, our team serves over 220 families to provide complete wealth management services. In addition to my financial services responsibilities, I work with my team to help them identify and develop their professional growth goals as they progress in ways that are meaningful to them in their careers. As a member of our region (middle TN area) growth team for our firm, I help identify strong candidates to recruit to our firm, and I am a mentor for new financial advisors. In 2019, I became a limited partner with our firm.

Participation Expectations

Meeting like-minded leaders in our community, making new personal and professional connections, and learning more about the many facets of life in Wilson County are all goals of mine as part of my Leadership experience. Until this year, I felt like this was something I should do or would be good at/ benefit from, but it was always competing with the many other responsibilities on my plate. I have been systematically creating space in my work and personal schedule for this commitment- I just know that 2021 is my year, and I have the bandwidth to bring energy and commitment to my cohort.

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