Laura Wade West

Cues and Views

Business and healthcare attorney Laura Wade West, in brief.

May 23, 2022
2 Minutes
Laura Wade West

Home: New York, NY.  Age: Approaching the big 4-0.  Birthplace: Tulsa, OK.  Profession: Attorney specializing in healthcare and business; volunteer and non-profit director.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: University of Miami School of Law; University of Kansas. Languages spoken: English and French.

Current project: Currently increasing my volunteer work and non-profit board service, focused on women’s health, mental health, and access to healthcare for elderly adults in New York City.  Recent recognition: “You are the best godmother!”  Recent professional development: Admitted to the New York Bar, my third jurisdiction.  Latest contribution to others: Taking on additional volunteer work and board assignments to contribute to my community.  Recent travel or adventure: Roland-Garros!  Last book read: Fresh Water for Flowers, by Valerie Perrin.

Moral compass: The Bible.  How do you define a perfect friendship? True friends are there for the highs and lows and unafraid to tell the truth.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Respect, cooperation, and teamwork.  What natural talent have you neglected? Playing the piano.

What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? So many: artists, scientists, performers.  How do you relieve stress? Meditation, working out, mindfulness.

What was your first paying job? Suzuki-trained piano teacher.  What was your favorite college course? From Goddesses to Witches (created by my favorite professor, Dr. Leslie Tuttle).  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? UNO on snow days with my siblings!  What book have you repeatedly read? Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Something’s Gotta Give (coastal grandma chic).  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? A 1980 work by Cuban artist Dionisio Perkins.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My grandmother, Betty Jo Hall.

What change would you like to see in the world?

Spread inclusiveness over divisiveness.

What widely held belief do you reject? The American notion of “pulling oneself up by the bootstraps.”    What mega-trend most excites you? Women normalizing openness by speaking about their health and personal struggles.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The erosion of women’s rights and reproductive rights in the US.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Margot Robbie.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? This changed weekly, but I remember: doctor, teacher, concert pianist.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my husband and family, soaking up the time together outdoors with a nice bottle of wine.  What advice would you give your younger self? Stop worrying; it will all work out.

Personal mission: I want my contributions to make an impact, in order to leave this world a better place.  

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