How to Lead through Service with Dr. Laura Cortez


Servant leader, educator, and entrepreneur, Dr. Laura Cortez has dedicated her life to connecting people to the tools they need to create a better life. Laura’s current work as a Community Engagement Consultant facilitates dialogue between city governments and the broader community so each can grow and develop together. As an educator and consultant, Laura works to provide high quality resources that empower her students and clients to achieve their goals.

During this episode, Katy and Laura talk about the importance of not only choosing a major that is interesting, but that also harnesses natural talents and gifts. Laura also shares how she transitioned from educator to community engagement consultant, her recommendations for making the most of the college experience, the power of servant leadership, her experience leaving Texas' Rio Grande Valley for college in Iowa, and how she found a major that was a good fit.

More About Dr. Laura Cortez


Laura J. Cortez is the President and CEO of Cortez Consulting, a public engagement firm in Austin, Texas. She has served as a scholar-practitioner at both private and public institutions for the past fifteen years. Cortez graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Ph.D. in educational administration and a certificate in Mexican American Studies. She holds a master of business administration from St. Edward’s University and a bachelor of science in environmental science and policy from Drake University. Cortez has supported undergraduate and graduate students both in and out of the classroom. She has served in various roles such as: admissions recruiter, advisor and led programs in the area of career services and academic support programs. Currently, Cortez serves as a faculty fellow with the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and was recently selected for Leadership Austin Essential Program, a prestigious year-long program for rising community leaders in Austin, Texas.

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