Laura Weikle, Director of Chapter Development

Phone : (408) 206-2994

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Laura Weikle has been working with Founder & CEO Bill Shepard, managing and growing the COO Forum since 2007. She manages chapter development and member services, while working closely with Bill to grow the COO Forum nationally. Additionally, she oversees the website, manages the member-exclusive COOeForum, moderates the COO Forum 17,000+ member LinkedIn Group, and organizes special events for the association.

Laura spent her early career at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA in public and community relations. For 10 years she supported the Center Director spearheading special events, organizing and orchestrating congressional and foreign dignitary visits, and serving as manager of the public affairs support staff. She was also editor of the center’s bi-weekly employee newsletter.

Laura left NASA in 1994 to help her husband Ed manage their own manufacturing company in Fremont. After 10 years, they sold the business and moved their family to a small community south of Atlanta, GA.

Outside of her work with the COO Forum, Laura writes and publishes a quarterly stewardship newsletter for her church, works at her kids school, and volunteers weekly for the non-profit JobSeekers ministry of Peachtree City, GA. She enjoys busy days with her husband of nearly 30-years, and their three children, including a 12-year old daughter, 16-year old son, and a 20-year old daughter at Vanderbilt University.