Laura Benson

Laura Benson
Laura BensonExecutive Coach
“Work is not a static end point or a mere exercise in providing, but a journey and a pilgrimage in which the core element of our being is tested in the world”   ~ David Whyte
Laura's Academic Qualifications
  • Certified Executive Coach by ICF & Royal Roads University, BC
  • Master Certification in Systems Thinking Strategic Management By Haines Centre for Strategic Management, CA
  • Joint BA in Anthropology & Latin American Studies SFU
  • Certificate in Liberal Arts SFU
  • Foundations to Theory U MIT & The Presencing Institute
  • Caring Economy Leadership Program- Centre for Partnership Studies

Laura's Professional Competencies
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Skills Coaching
  • Life Coaching
  • Shadow Coaching
  • OptimizeD Coaching Skills Training
  • Mentor Coaching
  • Leadership Development Consulting
  • Curriculum & Program Design
  • Teaching and Facilitating
  • Systems Thinking
  • Creative Capacity Building
  • Organizational Development
  • Executive Team Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Appreciative Leadership
  • Keynote Speaking
  • Assessment delivery and debrief


Laura’s Other Interests:

  • Nature
  • My Daughter
  • Family
  • Health
  • Running
  • My Foster Daughters
  • Cooking
  • Farmers Markets & Gardners
  • Organic food
  • Ideas
  • Creativity
  • Travel
  • Neuroscience
  • Elephants, Horses & Dragons
  • Photography
  • Honey Bees
  • Happiness
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Singing with The No Sh!t Shirleys
  • Living
  • Loving
  • Learning

Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach

Laura grew up striving for success in a non-conventional world. The only female in her family’s small screen manufacturing business in Winnipeg, she spent her spring and summer vacations wearing coveralls, covered in grease and weaving screen alongside her father and brother.

This formative environment taught her that dedication, adaptability and perseverance pay off. It also ignited her interest in helping organizations grow and passion for seeking out practical, innovative and unique perspectives to create that growth.

Laura’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Commerce Honours, a Bachelors of Education and a certificate in Information Technology Project Management. These educational pursuits and 20 years of hands-on organizational development enable Laura to facilitate learning and process improvement that empowers organizations and their people to achieve efficiency, productivity and profitability.

Laura has engaged with many industry leaders in diverse organizational improvement projects and, over the years, observation and experience has clarified that people are the differentiating ingredient in any endeavour. Therefore, Laura’s dual drive to unleash the inherent talent, wisdom and creativity of people as well as facilitate extraordinary results in personal and organizational performance is what she believes will not only help clients achieve their goals but also enrich the global community into which her two cherished daughters journey forth.

Mission Statement, Vision & INtwoIT Advantage

By combining depth of knowledge and a passion for possibility, INtwoIT facilitates extraordinary results in personal and professional performance by serving the development of business and community leaders and healthy social systems in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors
To be catalysts in the realization of extraordinary achievements for individuals and organizations that strive to make a difference in the world. We do this by:

  • Thinking & acting holistically
  • Attending to the heart of the matter
  • Collaborating with the best
  • Loving the questions and staying curios
  • Being fearless in pursuit of excellence
  • Committing to continuous learning & improvement

  • Depth of knowledge and the experience, strategies, tools and resources you need to succeed.
  • A partnership approach to achieving your vision.
  • Masterful coaching, training and facilitation that enable your desired results.
  • Leadership development solutions that surpass expectation.
  • Flexibility, geographic mobility and course corrections as necessary.
  • Objectivity, creative insight and thinking partners who listen, collaborate and work hard on your behalf.
  • In-depth knowledge of Systems Thinking Strategic Management and Planning
  • Access to a network of highly qualified professional consultants, coaches, and trainers, speakers and entertainers.
  • Advanced knowledge of successful strategies and impactful tools

What Client’s Say

“It is so helpful in elected life, to emerge from all the important city issues, documents, meetings, phone calls, e-mails, letters, media and other public events, to take time to sit back, look at the big picture and decide how to be proactive rather than reactive.” 
E. Woodsworth , Vancouver
Yael has proven to be focused and multi-skilled as an Executive Coach. She asks the right questions to rekindle a desire for what deeply matters to me, and enables me to clarify my vision and values. She encourages me to be open to change, to be responsive to new opportunities, to reveal old patterns, and to build new patterns of beliefs and behaviors. Her effectiveness as a coach is attributed to her wisdom, compassion, and uncanny ability to be candid in offering clear feedback.
P. Kasprow, , Vancouver
“Yael is creative, confident and passionate. I feel these qualities really are the heart of her facilitation. Her approach is down to earth, clever, relaxed and seems to be rooted in her own experiences. I left Yael’s workshop feeling inspired and equipped with new ideas, tools and ways of relating and being in the world around me.”
D. Pemberton, Vancouver
“I was given the option of consulting with a coach or participating in a job relocation workshop. I opted for the coach and it turned out to be the best decision I have made in a long time…Yael, with her persistent, probing and insightful questions helped me to find focus, to define specific career objectives and the steps to achieve those objectives…Yael’s ability to listen and provide honest feedback, with a good dose of humour, made our sessions a pleasure.”
R.Bastier, Vancouver
“As a business owner, I have found my coaching relationship with Yael invaluable. Through her support I have discovered more about what I want, where I am going and how to get there.”
S. Cutt, Victoria
“After sessions with Yael I always feel I have clarity and focus and this is reinforced by a variety of exercises and resources she provides to enable it to be a day to day process.”
R.Heard, Victoria
“Having Yael as my coach was instrumental in getting me to a state where my head, heart and gut are finally in synch.”
K.Reucker, Vancouver
“I have benefited from Yael’s ability to provide a comfortable place to attack deeply challenging questions…She guided me to consider troubling elements from other points of view. Consequently, I have uncovered capabilities in my professional and personal life that serve me well.”
L.Chan, Calgary
“I truly appreciated Yael’s honest and open outlook and I really believe that she has placed me on the right track to helping me find the right kind of work… she helped me to keep a continued positive outlook on life, and to think outside my immediate realm.”
B.Gill, Vancouver
“I really valued the time I spent with Yael. Yael has a knack for drawing out thought, and simplifying what seemingly are complex situations. For me I was left with a focus of what I need to accomplish over the next month, year and ten-year period. I am left with a confidence that I can accomplish great things in environments that are important to me.”
J.Jensen, Vancouver
“Yael helped me through my feelings of being completely overwhelmed. She helped me remove internal blocks and negotiate the stuff outside and she gave me clarity about how to arrange my life to achieve my goals.”
M.Habell, Seattle
“I have never felt threatened or intimidated during our sessions…Yael is supportive yet firm and able to keep my mental meanderings in line, which is no mean feat.”
M.Mordan, Victoria

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