Lora is a dual national Swiss American having grown up in several countries & cities, university educated in the United States and finally staying in one place calling Geneva home since 2002. She is mother tongue English, speaking French and tries to speak some “bärndütsch” from her roots.
The Link: What interested you in SIE and particularly about this position?
Lora: I have been familiar with the organisation since both my mom and aunt are long-time Soroptimists, so I was particularly interested in becoming the SIE ED the moment I read the job description, the mission and vision of SIE. It spoke to me, and I knew it was something unique and special that I wanted to be a part of.
The Link: What is your working credo?
Lora: as Dr Brene Brown says: “Trust is earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.”
Trust and support is what builds teams, allows for amazing innovation, creativity and accomplishment. And finally, be curious – listen with the same passion with which we want to be heard, treat people right, be vulnerable and be brave.
The Link: What energizes you at work?
Lora: Getting things done. Nothing better than having efficient progress and productivity by a team built on trust that results in making an impact and adding value through collaboration, and a good sense of humor.
The Link: What’s a work-related accomplishment that you are really proud of?
Lora: Successfully leading projects and people with healthy boundaries, ethics and values. Having the courage to be an authentic leader.
The Link: What energizes you outside of work?
Lora: My 6:30 am strength training with Coach Eddie. Along with English rugby, laughing, supporting friends and family, and travelling.
The Link: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Lora: I like smoking cigars.
The Link: What is one thing you are learning now, and why is it important?
Lora: I am learning that after 15 years of a successful career in the same company, in different roles, that change is truly constant and is always a good thing.