WIL AZ 2016 Panelist Interview: Laura Capello, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central AZ

Posted by Amy Dingle on 4/26/16 9:30 AM


We are just over a week away! Laura Capello, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is next up on the WIL panelist blog series. Read Laura's interview questions below! If you have not registered, make sure you do so HERE.

What was your dream job as a child and why?
When I was young, I use to spend all my time watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (totally dates me), and I would fill binders full of notes about all the animals I would learn about. I wanted to be a Scientist who studied animals just like the folks on Wild Kingdom. :-)
What has been your biggest professional challenge as a female leader?

I think having the confidence to do the job. I always question myself and wonder if I am good enough. Even when I am blowing my goals out of the water, I still have self-doubt in my head. I don't think men feel that as much as women. Maybe I am wrong, but I know I feel it.

Where did you go to college and what was your first job out of school?

I graduated from the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, and graduated in 1997. I went back as an older student, so I had many jobs before that. I was hired at BBBS right after college in 1998 as the PR Manager.

Tell me about your professional career track?

Right after college, I was hired at BBBS and was there for 7 years. I left as their VP of Marketing. I did my own consulting for 4 years, and worked with for profit and nonprofit clients on strategic planning, marketing, special events, fundraising and board governance. I was later hired by the ASU Lodestar Center to plan and implement their Nonprofit Leadership Academy and fund raise for the Center. In 2011, I was rehired by BBBS as their VP of Marketing and Development, and then became CEO in January of 2012.

What advice do you have for young female professionals?

Follow your passion, believe in yourself and surround yourself by others who can support and guide you.

Any advice on how to achieve a happy work-life balance?

I do not believe in Work Life Balance, and really don't see how anyone can truly achieve it. If you know how, please let me know. What I do believe, is that if you are truly doing something you love and are passionate about it, you will not feel like you have to put your work in a different box and have to make that distinction. I absolutely love helping to change the world, and for me, it's not work.

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