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Laura (Benjamin) Lollar’s Business Bio
Laura Lollar is Principal, Communicate Colorado LLC, a veteran-owned communication consulting business near Colorado Springs. For over 20 years, Laura has supported organizations with interpersonal communication, workplace relationship, customer service and public information projects.
Laura is a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and is a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Emerging Small Business (ESB). She has led partnering and planning sessions, teambuilding, marketing summits, leadership retreats and interactive trainings for groups of 5-500. Laura has coached executives, business owners, frontline managers and private individuals who appreciate her ability to listen, relate, empathize, strategize and achieve constructive outcomes.
A few of Laura’s clients include The Independence Center, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Paint Brush Hills Metropolitan District, U.S. Army, Spectranetics, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Wells Fargo and Cabela’s, among many others.
Laura’s work has been featured on television, radio, in newspapers and trade magazines. She has been a keynote commencement speaker for colleges and universities as well as a guest lecturer on careers, leadership and communication skills for graduate and undergrad students.
Laura is creator of the CARLA Concept™ Communication Model, also used in change management, problem solving and issue resolution efforts. She was a contributing author on interpersonal communication for Safety, Health and Asset Protection Management Essentials (CRC Press). In 2018, she will release a number of books, including Wildfires of Change: How to Rebound and Rise from the Ashes (Pinehurst Press).
Earlier in her career, Laura was a Customer Service and Sales Team Manager at Current Inc. with a team of 100+ employees. As a Senior Human Resources Specialist at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), she served 2500+ faculty and staff, including deaf and hearing-impaired employees.
Laura served seven years active duty as a paralegal in the United States Air Force. During that time, she earned a USAF Commendation Medal and Marksmanship Medal. Laura attended the Non-commissioned Officers Leadership School and volunteered on the Base Honor Guard Team, which provided military honors for fallen service members and their families.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from California State University, Sacramento with graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR).
As a volunteer, Laura was President of the Colorado Springs Society for Human Resources Management and served on the boards of the National Speakers Association Colorado Chapter and Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She also supported the Home Front Cares, Junior Achievement, Young Women of the West and Colorado State Parks and Wildlife. Appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, Laura served two three-year terms on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council for the Colorado Frontrange.
Laura lives in Black Forest near Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2013, the Black Forest Wildfire destroyed her historic cabin home and business. She rebuilt on the same site within 12 months and then launched WildfireSurvivors.com to assist other wildfire survivors. Laura also owns Cabin Mama™ LLC, an outdoors-themed gifts business where she writes a humor blog. Laura and her husband Doug love to hike, hunt, camp and explore beautiful Colorado. They are owned by one very spoiled cat.
Laura (Benjamin) Lollar: the Personal Story
I grew up in a large, happy Catholic family in Upstate New York. Dad was the son of a farmer and Mom was a city girl. God bless them both – we won the parent lottery with them. After 12 years of Catholic School, I joined the United States Air Force and served seven years active duty as a paralegal. I volunteered on the Base Honor Guard. Serving my country was one of the top 10 best things I’ve ever done. (I’m on the left with the Dorothy Hamill haircut.)
Top 10 Best Things I’ve Ever Done:
- Being born in the United States of America to wonderful parents
- Joining the USAF (see above)
- Marrying the love of my life in 2017 (we’re still newlyweds!)
- Having three wonderful children and two perfect grandchildren
- Moving to Colorado
- Starting my business in 1997
- Buying that little log cabin, then losing it all in the wildfire
- Being selected to attend the Leadership Program of the Rockies (2010 grad)
- Learning to read – well
- Wearing sunscreen every day, no matter what!