Laura’s career in finance has spanned over 35 years with a focus on global trading of futures and alternative investments. She began her career in the early 1980’s as a trader of soft commodities in Brazil hedging for clients. She is fluent in Portuguese. Returning to the US in the mid 80’s she continued to trade commodities and financial futures building a team of 15 people based in the US and London. This team were among the top producers at Dean Witter. Laura was the first woman appointed to the Dean Witter Chairman’s club. Her career path changed in the 90’s when she began trading for hedge funds and was involved in relationship management for 4 multi-billion hedge funds. The past 5 years she has been the Director of Capital Introductions for Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking (FKA Newedge). Laura worked with a team of 150 prime brokerage professionals globally to increase the group’s trading/clearing profits, brand awareness and relationships with institutional hedge fund allocators. She advised hedge fund clients on key features of asset-raising strategies, including target market sector/region, fund and fee structure offerings, IR staffing, seed opportunities, and market trends. Her team produced educational events and customized road shows to highlight manager capabilities to investors. Laura carries her series 3, 7 and 63 with Race Rock. Laura is involved with a number of philanthropic endeavors focused on animals, health and education.