Welcome! My name is Laura Lollar (formerly Benjamin). My mission is to help leaders, independent thinkers and business owners become more confident, informed, prosperous and productive. I’m not a celebrity or public figure – just one person trying to do my part to inspire those of us who want to think for ourselves, make smarter decisions and guide the next generation in a better direction.
In my humble opinion, we don’t get the information we deserve. As a society and as leaders, we owe it to the next generation to make better choices. And we can’t make better choices unless voices that are presently stifled and censored can be heard.
If you feel this way too, I want you to know you’re not alone. There are more of us out there than you imagine. And we’re all hungering to hear from folks with common-sense perspectives grounded in personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, a passion for the freedoms we are so lucky to enjoy and faith that God will guide us down the right path.
So, here are the beliefs that inspire me…
- belief in God, the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law
- freedom from excessive government involvement in our lives, work and communities
- the ability to make a living and feed our families
- fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets
- respect for life and the right to protect ourselves
- the importance of family to instill healthy values
- freedom of speech and diversity of thought
- common sense policies that are fair to all
- an expectation leaders do what’s in our best interest vs play politics
If these beliefs resonate with you too, I’d love to have you join us. Just fill out the form below to subscribe to my articles and (coming soon!) podcast episodes. Warm wishes, Laura
Laura Lollar started writing for fun in grade school, publishing on the mimeograph machine when the nuns weren’t looking. Mom was a city girl, dad was a farmer and Laura was eldest of six in a big, happy Catholic family. She joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school — one of the top 10 best decisions in life.
Laura has an eclectic work history: she’s been a paralegal, employee benefits and HR specialist, call center rep and frontline supervisor. She’s shoveled horse manure on a 400-head trotter farm in Upstate New York, sold vinyl checkbook covers and blogged for the Mayor of Colorado Springs. Laura launched her consulting business in 1997 with a mortgage, three young un’s to feed and $700 in the bank. She has traveled the world speaking, training, coaching and facilitating. She is a mentor to many. An outdoors enthusiast, Laura enjoys the heck out of Colorado. She raised her children, lived in a historic log cabin home, lost everything in a wildfire, started all over again and recently, married a wonderful Navy guy. They live in the woods near Colorado Springs and are owned by one very spoiled cat. You can also find Laura at CabinMama.com.
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Laura Lollar is Principal, Communicate Colorado LLC, a veteran-owned consulting company near Colorado Springs. For over 22 years, she has spoken and trained throughout Colorado, the U.S., Germany, Canada and Great Britain. She has also led customer service, sales and marketing projects for small businesses and larger organizations. Laura is a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and an experienced teambuilding, partnering and strategic planning facilitator. She is highly qualified in a number of leadership and communication assessments including DiSC, Team Dimensions, Personal Listening and the ConflictLens. Laura is certified in Situational Leadership and has completed 40 hours in Basic Mediation and Theory Practice training.
Since 1997, Laura has worked with hundreds of organizations including the U.S. Army, Junior Achievement, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Spectranetics, Cabela’s, National High School Rodeo Association, General Services Administration (GSA), Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and Paint Brush Hills Metropolitan District, among many others. Click here to see a partial list.
Laura has coached hundreds of individuals, managers, executives and business owners over the past two decades. She has helped them improve skills and make better decisions to improve their careers, self-marketing skills, interpersonal communication, workplace relationships and entrepreneurial direction.
A lively writer and experienced radio guest, Laura’s work has been featured on television, radio, in newspapers, trade journals and online magazines. She has been a commencement speaker for colleges and universities and a guest lecturer for graduate and undergrad students on customer service, leadership, careers and interpersonal communication.
Laura authored The CARLA Concept™: How to Raise an Issue, Prove Your Point and Communicate with Confidence and Clarity based on her proprietary communication and coaching model. She was a contributing author on interpersonal communication for Safety, Health and Asset Protection Management Essentials (CRC Press). Laura is working on a number of books. In 2019, she will republish The CARLA Concept™ and release Wildfire Survivors Tips as well as Wildfires of Change: How to Rebound and Rise from the Ashes.
Earlier in her career, Laura was a Customer Service and Sales Team Manager at Current Inc. She supervised a team of 100+ call center employees and led an upsell program to achieve record-breaking revenue goals. At the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), Laura was part of a Human Resources and Employee Benefits team that served 2500+ faculty and staff, including deaf and hearing-impaired employees.
Laura is proud to have served her country in the United States Air Force. Her active duty service included seven years in administration and as a legal services specialist assisting base Judge Advocate Generals (JAG). She earned a USAF Commendation Medal and Marksmanship Medal, attended the Non-commissioned Officers Leadership School and volunteered on the Base Honor Guard Team, providing military honors for fallen service members and their families. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from California State University, Sacramento with graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is also a Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) graduate.
Volunteer Service: Former President, Society for Human Resources Management Colorado Springs Chapter, volunteer for Junior Achievement, Home Front Cares Welcome Home Heroes Program, Young Women of the West and Colorado State Parks and Wildlife. Appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, she served two three-year terms on Colorado’s Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council (RAC). She presently serves on the leadership board for a local community organization.