Laurie Canepa

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StevenDouglas Vice President Laurie Canepa, in brief.

Laurie Canepa

Home: Austin, TX.  Birthplace: Watertown, CT.  Profession: Executive search, accounting and finance.  Organization: StevenDouglas.  Title: Vice President, Texas – Accounting and Finance. Significant other: John Canepa.  Alma mater: Charleston Southern University.

Recent recognition: Austin CFO told me I was known as the “Queen of Accounting and Finance Recruiting” in Austin, Texas.  Latest accomplishment: The “Flagship” hire for StevenDouglas in Texas.  Latest contribution to others: Leading and recruiting the StevenDouglas MORE THAN PINK Team for the Susan Komen Walk.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Expanding a national brand in the Texas market.  Hobbies: Outdoor activities (soccer fanatic, hiking, biking). Recent travel or adventure: The beautiful island of Kauai, our “happy” place.  Last book read: The Judge’s List, by John Grisham.

Personality profile: Authentic, extroverted-introvert, witty, with a great sense of humor.  What is your greatest joy? Being a mom and watching by son grow into a young man before my eyes. What is your guilty pleasure? Legos.  What natural talent have you neglected? Coaching soccer.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Teachers.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? On a fantastic bottle of pinot noir.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Sun, sand and ocean.

What was your first paying job? As a soccer referee.  What was your favorite college course? Forensic Pathology.  What book have you repeatedly read? The Shack, by William P. Young. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My husband.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Nothing is given or handed to you.  Welcome the opportunity to prove your worth.  What is your favorite app? LinkedIn.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Continual improvement on healthy, internal competition.

What message do you want to send out into the world? An oldie, but a goodie: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”  What mega-trend most excites you? Demographics and social change.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Climate change.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My mom.  I miss her each and every day.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A pharmacist.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Just exactly the same way I did today.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Personal mission: To live my life with passion, humility and grace.  Personal motto: Focus on being present.  Never lose sight of what is important.  Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi).  Desired epitaph: She lived with intense passion and love for everyone and everything in her life.

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