Laura Sterkel Promoted to Vice President, Executive Coaching

The extraordinary challenges facing businesses right now have caused companies to pivot dramatically or transform entirely. It has also raised unique opportunities for leadership, as companies strategize safety protocols during a public health emergency, address questions of diversity, and determine what will drive business success during a deepening Recession.

Not only must leaders adapt to teams as they work from multiple locations, grapple with family concerns or deal with burnout and uncertainty, they must also battle market conditions that may upend financial outlooks. The Human Resources and Talent community will be challenged to support leaders individually and collectively, like never before.

”Businesses have faced extremely complex problems in a short amount of time. Our experts are prepared to guide leaders through these changes, as they face the myriad challenges presented at this critical juncture,” said John Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.


Laura Sterkel

Challenger is enhancing its Executive and Leadership Development Coaching support, partnering with Human Resources and Talent leaders. Challenger Business & Executive Coaching has promoted veteran Executive and Leadership Coach, Laura Sterkel, Vice President, Executive Coaching, to strengthen the relationship between Challenger Sales Executives, customers and our executive and leadership coaching team. Laura has nearly two decades of experience in coaching and programming, developing executives, high potential performers and senior leadership teams. She will raise the level of creativity, foresight and expertise across the whole of Challenger’s Business & Executive Coaching practice.

Laura gained experience and insight through her corporate career spanning two decades of accomplishment in the financial services sector, earning senior roles in strategy, planning, and marketing communications. She built highly visible brands and product platforms for market leaders, including Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Laura has led change, brought leadership teams together, and has been responsible for industry-changing innovation and enterprise-wide endeavors.

Along with co-founding Chicago Financial Women, she led professional development initiatives and co-chaired Leadership and Development programs for Commercial Real Estate Women, Chicago. In addition, she has served high-potential women leaders as a leadership mentor with Menttium Corporation since 2001.

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She attended the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Laura completed her coaching training with Coaches Training Institute and continues to pursue learning and credentials in coaching and development.

Challenger is dedicated to providing the resources and expertise companies need to thrive, even and especially in difficult times. To learn more about our Challenger Business & Executive Coaching, please contact