Laura Dewey, MA

career background

EXECUTIVE COACH -- Laura Dewey continuously broke glass ceilings by being the first female general manager, multi-unit leader, and partner of a leading restaurant company once considered the Nordstrom of casual dining. Her ability to create effective training and operations systems made her a key player in growing the company from six Southern California based restaurants to 145 nationwide. Laura has always been considered a developer of people and knows first-hand that the easiest road to growing long-term sales and profit is through cultivating a happy, aligned, and invested team.

After her company sold, Laura went on to found Laura Dewey Coaching, LLC. She is a speaker, facilitator, and the author of "Shine Your Light…Illuminate Your Love."


Authentic Leadership, Coaching, Women in Leadership, Confidence From the Inside-Out, Effective Communication, Conscious Listening, Joy in the Workplace, Maximizing Energy & Engagement, Embracing Change, Stressing Less, Powerful Thought, Multi-unit Leadership, Operations Excellence, Customer Delight, Public Speaking, Workshop Facilitation, Active Listening, Impeccable Customer Service, Expert Handling of Complaints, Emotional Intelligence.

industry background & education

Laura has held positions on virtually every rung of the leadership ladder: Manager, General Manager (GM), Managing Partner (overseeing multiple operations) through the Director level; broke glass ceilings as the first female (and youngest) GM, first female Partner. Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology and a Certification as a Soul-Centered Professional Coach from the University of Santa Monica.

noted accomplishments

  • Developed break-through suggestive sales training program that resulted in $8.1MM in incremental sales growth
  • Routinely attained record low, industry best management and hourly turnover through focus on a collaborative, fun, productive environment
  • Author of the transformational relationship book: Shine Your Light… Illuminate Your Love