Laura Kraynak

Laura Kraynak

Lead Chief of Staff


AT&T

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to college, majored in Human Resources.
After college, took an entry level job with AT&T in Operations.
Gained management experience by participating in a Leadership Intern Program.
Promoted to Team Manager and then Area Manager 3 years later.
After 7 years in Operations, I stepped out of my comfort zone into a Lead chief of staff position.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Olentangy High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
University of Toledo
Career

Career

Lead Chief of Staff

I lead projects focused on employee engagement and diversity & inclusion.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Numbers
Numbers
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

Prior to starting each day I create a list of everything I need to accomplish before the end of the day. This helps me to stay focused and achieve my goals. I typically spend 2-3 hours a day in meetings, most are over the phone but some are in person. The meetings are mainly focused on syncing up with my peers on the various projects I am responsible for. My projects are focused on employee programs, events, and Diversity & Inclusion activities.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

If you want to work for a highly innovative and fast moving company like AT&T, it is very important to be able to easily adapt to change. Be willing to constantly learn new skills. Also, being able to collaborate and communicate with a variety of people from different backgrounds and with personalities different from you own is the key to being successful!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Make plans to attend college after graduation and get your Bachelor's degree. While in high school begin exploring different occupations via job shadowing or internships. This will help you narrow down what field you want to get your degree in. It really helps to have a good idea of what you want to do so you can start off college with the right major. Making changes while in college to your major will typically extend the time it takes to earn your degree and will cost more money.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I will never be able to afford college."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial