Sunflower Strategies LLC
Laura is the founder and CEO at Sunflower Strategies, LLC. She is also the President & CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services. Prior to founding Sunflower Strategies, Laura ran for the U.S. Congressional seat in the 4th District of Kansas. Before entering politics, Laura was a consultant, an entrepreneur, and a businesswoman.
After moving home to Wichita in 2017, she was hired as the CEO of ImEpik, a market-driven and research-based online training company. Laura joined ImEpik to expand the company’s presence in the food safety industry and other industrial sectors. The company tripled its revenue two years in a row under her leadership and became a recognized leader in food safety training. Laura also assisted the Clean Energy Business Council in Kansas as a part-time consultant, working on membership services, event planning, fundraising, and public affairs campaigns.
Laura lived in Washington, DC for seven years. After graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), she worked as a consultant and media relations coordinator at The Cohen Group (TCG), a DC-based consulting firm founded by former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.
After leaving TCG, Laura was the founding President and Executive Director of the Middle East & North Africa Consultants in Washington, DC. She formed MENA Consultants in 2013 along with twelve other consultants interested in promoting increased trade relations and commerce between the United States and Middle Eastern countries. She also provided strategic consulting for non-profit organizations, small-to-medium-sized companies, public-private partnerships, and Fortune 500 firms.
In addition to her Master’s Degree in International Relations & Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. She enjoys traveling, painting, Latin dancing, and basketball. She is also the mom of a red-headed little boy.