Who is Laura?

Laura Schildkraut’s professional background includes experience in both business and academic settings.  Along with running Onboarding Gen Y, Laura is a faculty member at the University of Washington where much of her attention is focused on guiding college juniors and seniors as they searched for fulfilling career paths.

In addition to teaching “Interactive Media & Entrepreneurship” and “Preparing for the Business World” Laura has taught an MBA class in Information Systems Strategy, and undergrad classes in Systems Analysis, Business Communication, and an innovative class she developed called “Management Lessons from ‘The Apprentice'”.  The Apprentice class not only earned her the highest student evaluations in the business school twice, but also received national recognition from CNN and Dateline.  Laura’s students are known to “hit the ground running” and generally demonstrate more professionalism, initiative and confidence than their peers.

In 2000, Laura was asked to be the Executive Director of the new E-Business Program where she successfully led the program through its inaugural year.  She also helped established a successful IT Mentorship Program and dramatically grew the IT Internship Program both in terms of participating companies and number of students.

Laura is the host and co-executive producer of Information Technology Leaders, On the Career Path, and Information Matters television shows which air on ResearchChannel and UWTV.

Before joining the UW faculty Laura spent fourteen years in business working for Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, the N.A.S.D and Chemical Bank.  She holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, with concentrations in Information Systems and Marketing.

Our Mission

Onboarding Gen Y prepares new-to-market Gen Y employees to successfully enter the workplace and helps guide organizations to effectively hire, welcome, retain and enable these employees to exceed expectations.
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Much has been written lately about Gen Y. We read about how they want to do "good" in the world; how they seem to be delaying adulthood, and how challenging it has been for companies to attract, retain and manage these employees. Sound familiar? Read more...

Career Launchers

Are you a college junior, senior, recent grad or first time job changer who is ready to find your place in the professional world, but having trouble making decisions or getting started? Or are you the entrepreneurial type with a great idea, but no plan? Read more...