We Apply The Science of Human Behavior to Your Organization
Hi, I'm Laura
CEO & Founder
Dr. Laura Gallaher has worked in the field of professional and personal development since 2005. Laura is an Organizational Psychologist, Speaker, Facilitator, and Executive Coach. She is the founder and CEO of Gallaher Edge, which she started in 2013 and rebranded in 2018.
Her noteworthy career began after the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry in 2003, killing everybody aboard. Following the tragedy, NASA hired Laura and a team of organizational psychologists to change the cultural influences that were deemed to play a role in the accident. She worked for 8 years to positively influence culture, develop leadership capacity, and improve organizational performance at Kennedy Space Center.
Laura was also hired to help manage the change associated with radical changes in the performance management process and philosophy at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
Laura is an expert teacher, trainer, speaker and consultant, particularly in the concepts of self-awareness, accountability, trust building and team cohesion.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Masters and PhD in Organizational Psychology. Laura is a Licensed Human Element® Practitioner, a Certified Radical Collaboration® Trainer, and a Certified Coach.
At Gallaher Edge, we work with busy executives to help you get your arms around the challenges in your organization. We work with you from the inside out, helping your executive team have conversations you didn’t even know you needed to have. We’ll help to increase self-awareness, team alignment, and shared accountability until your organization runs like a well-oiled machine. Organizations are just people. Gallaher Edge helps you learn what it takes to be more profitable by truly putting people first.
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Meet The Team
Dr. Phillip T. Meade
Dr. Phillip T. Meade supports a variety of consulting projects focused on creating superior organizational performance. He has exceptional skills in organization development, improving teamwork and team cohesion, organization design, process engineering, strategic planning, leadership communication, culture change, leadership development, and managing teams. Phillip has provided consulting and training services for an extensive list of clients across both the public and private sectors.
Phillip has led teams and organizations for 25 years, serving at various levels of management. Following the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, he developed a plan for the organizational and cultural changes necessary for return to flight, employing innovative techniques to align organizational systems, processes and leadership behaviors to drive sustainable change. Dr. Meade developed the strategy and led the implementation of an integrated and comprehensive framework for change management, and under his leadership the organizational and cultural changes instituted were recognized as the benchmark for culture change.
Phillip holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems. He holds 2 patents, and has over 20 professional publications.
Phillip is a Licensed Human Element® Practitioner.
DR. STEPHANIE LOPEZ
Dr. Stephanie Lopez is an Organizational Psychologist and Executive Coach who is an expert in the application of the science of psychology to organizations. Her passions lie in leadership development and team cohesion. Stephanie specifically helps leaders become more authentic and self-aware, which enables greater resilience, stamina and flexibility in the face of demanding and difficult leadership challenges. She’s known for creating a humbling and exciting coaching environment where she gently edges clients closer to insights. Stephanie transforms the way teams function by investigating root causes of issues teams are experiencing and building their capacity to hold crucial conversations and address interpersonal issues when they arise. Previously, Stephanie served as an organizational development consultant and coach for the Federal Government, where she led a team of leaders through a large-scale reorganization by providing change management recommendations to position directorates for success. She also led and managed the development of a succession management program designed to ensure new leaders are strategically developed and prepared to compete for the Senior Executive Service positions when the positions become vacant.
Stephanie is a Licensed Human Element® Practitioner.
MS. KAYLA WONISCH
Ms. Kayla Wonisch is a licensed Human Element Practitioner and GE's Customer Experience Advocate. She is driven by her passion for helping people and intuitive problem-solving. She has an adept understanding for marketing and administration and acted as a leader in management among several high-demand Starbucks Coffee Company stores.
Kayla excels at her role at Gallaher Edge through her relentless work ethic and growth mindset. Specifically, she is instrumental in the implementation of new initiatives and special projects that take Gallaher Edge to the next level.
Outside of work, Kayla regularly pursues her passion for history and understanding the human condition. She continuously grows in her own self-awareness by exploring as a world traveler, acting as a learner of life, and assisting others, and obtaining her 200HR Yoga Teacher Certification.
Favorite Quote: “You alone are the one person who can and will never actually leave you behind.” – Unknown
MS. AMANDA SHIELDS
Ms. Amanda Shields is our Marketing Manager and the newest member of the Gallaher Edge team. She has nearly two decades of marketing and sales experience across various fields such as medical, veterinary, finance and even the funeral industry – where the majority of her experience can be accredited (11 years!). Acquiring skills in such vastly different industries has contributed to her success and enabled her to flex her creativity and innovative thinking.
Amanda spends her free time with family and friends, volunteering at the Children’s Cancer Center and staying active – enjoying outdoor activities such as kayaking, biking and hiking. A native to the great state of Maine, she grew up exploring the wilderness and has a deep appreciation for the serenity that nature provides.
MS. JENNIFER DONAHUE
Ms. Jennifer Donahue, Executive Assistant & Office Manager, brings a tenured background in the fields of project management and executive administration. She has worked for both startup firms and Fortune 100 companies, and throughout her career has cultivated a wide breadth of capabilities including corporate communications, workflow optimization, and data analytics. A firm believer in the power of positive group dynamics, there is never a task too big or too small for Jennifer to tackle. She is dedicated to helping leaders be more mindful, engaged, and energized at work and is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the talented team at Gallaher Edge. Jennifer graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Professional Writing and holds an MBA, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Tyler. As an advocate for continuous learning, Jennifer also holds completed workshops and seminars in project management, Microsoft, and Photoshop. Outside of the office, Jennifer is passionate about family, fitness, and faith. For the past decade, she has spent time volunteering as a youth leader for middle school students at Hillside Church and has partnered with The Arc of Fort Bend County to help raise funds for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A Message from the Founder
I founded Gallaher Edge when I realized how important it was to me to grow from the inside out, and help others do the same.
Gallaher Edge is founded on the values of the Power of Choice, Progress Over Perfection and Uninhibited Teamwork. This company, like me, is a work in progress, something that every day, I accept exactly as it is while never stopping work to progress it further.