About Laura Ege

As a nonprofit consultant in the human services sector, I draw on more than 20 years of diverse experiences and professional credentials, including:
  • Master of Social Work, Macro Focus – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Human Services Management Certificate
  • Associate Clinical Social Worker – California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Bachelor of Sociology – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Co-Active Coach Training
I have worked in such varied organizations as the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Fort Lewis College in Colorado, a State Senator in California, and a large nonprofit agency serving children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. Previously, as an entrepreneur, I built and managed all aspects of a successful business that included leadership development coaching, business and marketing consulting, program development, and ad hoc deliverables for a variety of community organizations focused on youth programs and services to under-resourced communities.

So who am I beyond the bio?

This nonprofit consulting work is personal for me. My childhood was unconventional and emotionally challenging. When I was 18, I was a victim of sexual assault. I was a high school dropout and teen mother. I spent nearly 8 years feeling trapped in a domestic violence marriage before finding the courage to leave. I experienced periods of poverty when I went hungry to put food on the table for my three young children. When I was 25, I lost my middle son to a preventable illness. He was only 5 years old. I faced discrimination in the workforce because, although I proved my ability to do the work, I did not have a college degree. I watched close friends face discrimination, over and over again, because of the color of their skin or their sexuality or their culture or their lack of documentation to be in this country. I reached out for help for myself and others on numerous occasions and was sometimes outright turned away. At other times, the help I was offered was completely out of touch with the real needs that I and others I knew were experiencing.
After finally joining the ranks of the college-educated, I spent five very long years inside the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. I saw things that would make your stomach turn. I saw horrible abuse and neglect of children. I heard unfathomable stories of trauma from parents and children. But it was more than things on the outside. I saw abuses of power at all levels of the organization. I saw baffling examples of incompetence. More than anything, though, I saw well-intentioned and hard-working staff who were too burned out to care anymore, who were ill-equipped by the organization to face the challenges of the job, or who fought daily against rampant organizational and systemic dysfunction just to make even a tiny difference with the needs of the families we served.
Through these decades of life and many experiences, I learned first-hand how difficult it can be to reach your potential and fight for your dreams when you are in the middle of circumstances like these. Society is not always kind to the victims or to the “less thans.” Society does not always make space for healing and growth. The organizations where we are supposed to be able to go for help do not always have the capacity to do so, or they are too bogged down in bureaucracy and inefficiencies to deliver on their vision for change. Sometimes we never make it through the organizations’ doors. Sometimes accessing help causes more harm than good, and we find it is easier to continue to suffer.

Why “liberate” potential?

Because I have also learned that the ability to achieve your full potential does not always come about peacefully. Sometimes it is nurtured throughout a lifetime, like seeds growing to full bloom in a garden. Sometimes it emerges from the quiet spaces in between, like an animal coming out of hibernation. More often, though, it seems that potential must be actively championed, sometimes against all odds, and hard-won against the traumas and barriers that invade every corner of society.
I spent much of my career working to liberate potential for individuals. As rewarding as that was, my education and passion is to work to solve the barriers to potential on a larger scale. Which led me to my WHY today: to liberate untapped potential in impact-focused organizations that are committed to facilitating healing for individuals, families, and communities.

And finally, who am I beyond work?

I love adventure and new experiences. I have lived in 7 different states and everywhere from ranches to suburban neighborhoods to an RV but am grateful to be back to my roots with country living in an area closely connected to nature. Today, I spend my free time creating a peaceful haven with my husband on our rural acreage where we enjoy nature, pets, sustainable living, and hands-on projects that include gardening in a home orchard and passive solar greenhouse, building a tiny-home guest house, and working in a custom-designed shop.