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Laura Chrisco

Laura Chrisco

Texas OnCourse

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Laura's work combines: Government, Education, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Director of Texas OnCourse

I create strategy and direct a team to implement a plan to improve college and career outcomes for all Texas students.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Clear Lake High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    The University of Texas at Austin

  • Graduate Degree

    Education Policy Analysis

    Harvard University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Chief Executives:

Bachelor's Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Graduate Degree: Accounting and Business/Management

Graduate Degree

Graduate Degree: Education Policy Analysis

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Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You shouldn't go to art school, instead major in Advertising to make money. The reality is I did not connect with the advertising profession. I learned valuable skills from my degree that transferred to what I do now- but I had to do some soul searching.

  • How I responded:

    Everyone will have an opinion on what you should do- and it is likely because they love you. The thing to remember is that you will be most successful in what you love. Sometimes the things you love may not translate to a big, fancy career- but you will definitely develop skills that you can use for your life. Most of these skills require practice, and typically it is easier to practice the things you love. So, don't drop that accordion or paint brush because it "won't" make you the big bucks!