Laura Rooklin

Laura Rooklin

San Francisco, CA, USA


Last updated March 20, 2021

One Sentence About Me  

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is only by spending oneself that one becomes rich." Sarah Bernhardt

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

My sense of adventure, curiosity and enthusiasm for challenges that help me to grow characterize my professional & personal life. I spent 13+ years at Google developing global strategies for people, workplace & culture initiatives to help teams work at their best across functions and geographies. Being involved in the roll out and integration of the strategies has helped me to strengthen my change management, adaptive leadership and communication skills. My superpowers are seeing the big picture, making connections (that are often not seen by others) and building teams who utilize their diverse strengths as a force multiplier to tackle challenges. I thrive in fast paced, inclusive, growth environments where collaboration, failing fast and learning, and people development are prioritized. 

Travel feeds my soul allowing me to learn and experience new cultures and sample local eats. I've visited 55+ countries and had the opportunity to live and work or study in 8 of them. Food plays a central part in my life and I feel that by addressing the many challenges that exist in the food system we can support people, the planet and improve quality of life for all. 

 


Interesting Factoid

After climbing Kilimanjaro, I took part in a volunteer project building an organic poultry farm on Zanzibar. Building the poultry farm was by far more physically demanding and mentally challenging than reaching the summit..


Languages

Spanish - conversational
French - un petit peu
English

Countries Visited

Map View

Colombia
Hong Kong
Kenya
Israel
UAE
Czech Republic
China
Austria
France
Spain
Norway
Japan
South Korea
Switzerland
Singapore
Malaysia
Indonesia
Morocco
Cambodia
South Africa
Brazil
Peru
Argentina
Chile
Uruguay
Barbados
Denmark
Ireland
Scotland
Portugal
Belgium
Croatia
Italy
Australia
Greece
Hungary
United Kingdom
Russia
India
Myanmar
Laos
Costa Rica
Tanzania
Vietnam
Sweden
Jamaica
Aruba
Sint Maarten
Germany
Thailand
Netherlands
Mexico
Canada
Vatican City
Georgia

What I Do  


Professional Experience

Director, Real Estate & Workplace Services / Business Partner/ Chief of Staff / Food Program Manager

Feb 2006 - Aug 2019

Worked 13.5 years in the Real Estate & Workplace Services (REWS) and People Operations (HR) functions to create and scale workplace environments, programs and culture enabling Google & Googlers to perform at their best. During my tenure the company’s employee headcount increased from ~10K to 114K.  Project highlights include: 

 

  • Acting as a trusted partner for Product & G&A SVPs providing thought leadership for workplace & people strategy to support business objectives and to improve teams’ productivity and health

  • Partnering with HR to design people solutions & change management for a shifting  employee experience where teams are split between campuses, offices, and work/home. 

  • As a Chief of Staff, supporting the VP responsible for Bay Area portfolio of >200 buildings (13M RSF office/R&D space) serving > 45K Googlers. Designing and implementing governance and operating processes to drive alignment and maximize effectiveness across newly formed organization. Fostered cultural norms focused on transparency, trust, inclusivity and teamwork. 

 

Chief of Staff / HR Project Manager / International Recruiter

Jul 1999 - May 2005

Throughout 6 years at Capital One I was consistently asked to step into newly created roles and build teams from the ground up for  iniatives including creating an college recruiting pipeline from India, designing and rolling out an Applicant Tracking System for the US and UK office and establishing processes to monitor the Credit Risk department's objectives. During my tenure I had the opportunity to work and live in Richmond, VA, Bangalore, India, Nottingham, UK, Toronto, Canada and Washington D.C.


Professional Expertise

Project Management
Recruiting
Strategic Planning
Making Teams Work Better
Workplace Culture
Talent Management & Development
People Operations
Workspace Strategy & Operations
Program Management

Professional Interests

Talent Management
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Leadership Development
Food Culture
FoodTech
Workplace Culture

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Food Justice
Diversity and Inclusion
Gender Equality
Anti-Racism
Social Justice
Climate Change

Non-Profits

Member of Board Nominating Committee / NextGen Taskforce Member

Aug 2017 - Present

Supporter

Jan 2010 - Present
+4 more non-profits

Volunteer Experience

San Francisco, CA, USA

Apr 2020 - Present

Joined organization as a volunteer when it was created at onset of the pandemic. Asked to join leadership team of the startup nonprofit to help manage internal operations and volunteer management. Today, I continue to be involved as a volunteer.

  • Created and oversaw a virtual call center when the organization expanded its program taking on government contracts. 

  • Defined HR and operational processes as the organization transitioned from an all volunteer team to a team of >10 full-time employees after 6 months. 
  • In 1 year nonprofit has directed 1.8M meals and $19.5MM to people and businesses providing support across San Francisco.

 

Newtown Square, PA, USA

May 2018 - Present

Member Board of Trustees since 2018.  

Founding Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Board Committee which was formed in the summer of 2020. 

Active Alumna for 20+ years. Initiated the Women's Episcopal Alumnae Club in San Francisco. 

What Inspires Me  

Favorites  

Hobbies

Traveling
Yoga
Hiking
Cooking
Urban Wandering
Reading
Entertaining
All Things Food - eating, cooking, reading cookbooks/food magazines/blogs
Tennis
Photography
Live Music

Food & Drinks

Farmer's Market Produce
Bubble Tea
Water Ice
Nectarines
Tomatoes
Wine
Thai
Italian
Indian
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mexican

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Sylvan Esso
Bon Iver
Alison Krauss
Paul Simon
I'm with Her

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Lacrosse
Basketball
Soccer

Duke Blue Devils
Golden State Warriors
Philadelphia Phillies
USWNT

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

Footloose
Lion

Brands

Athleta

Education  

School

A.M. – Master of Arts, Food Studies

B.A. – Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology


Clubs and Communities

Varsity Women's Lacross Team