About Slate

Slate is a management consulting and education company that helps people communicate, plan and act effectively so they have better workplace success.

About Laura

Laura Crandall, Ed.M. – President

Laura CrandallLaura is a workplace communication expert and management strategist who helps organizations and their leadership teams use all of their data – even the emotional and interpersonal stuff – to create better successes at work.

Laura has over 25 years of experience working in industries that include manufacturing, hospitality and academia. Fifteen of those years were spent managing work teams. Her specialty work titles have included Frozen Fish Flinger and Co-Princess of Fun.  She is also an instructor at Harvard Extension School where she teaches about workplace communication and intergenerational management. (Learn why she loves this field.)

Laura earned an Ed.M. from Harvard University where she studied Organizational Learning and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is certified in Mediation & Conflict Management, Inquiry-based Curriculum Design, Behavioral Assessment, and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS).

Laura is currently finishing a book on the most coveted behaviors in the American workplace and why they are so hard to find.

Slate Communication is based in Burlington, Vermont and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


“Laura’s common sense approach to business is unsurpassed, and her professionalism and knowledge of behavioral assessments are extraordinary. Laura is able to translate a complex business problem into an actionable plan. She has the experience and expertise to deliver high quality results, and has the personal skills that reflect her integrity and trustworthiness. She’s great to work with!”

Vicki L. Wilson
President, Willow Creek Consultants

“Laura is an incredibly valuable resource to our firm, People Making Good PR. As a mid-size public relations firm with offices in two cities, we’re large enough to require professional corporate education, employee development and human resources services, but too small to justify a senior, full time specialist. Laura’s depth of experience, talent, and skill set are far above what we could ever reasonably have hoped to bring to our firm and employees, and we’re thrilled she was referred to us by one of her clients.

Laura functions as HR specialist to our employees (who trust and value her as a resource to help them optimize their careers at our firm), conducts specialized training sessions (effective personnel management, ‘Stepping Up To Supervisor’, corporate sensitivity training, how to handle tough clients, and many others), and consults to company senior management on employment policy issues.

Laura is tremendously bright, practical, focused on our issues and culture, and results oriented. She’s also a pleasure to work with. I wholeheartedly recommend her.”

Ken Liatsos
People Making Good PR
Boston | Burlington VT

“Laura is a laser beam cutting right through core issues–even the ones you don’t want to see or hear–and finding solutions and strategies for making important and lasting change. She has a sharp, sharp brain and a wit to match it. And as if this were not enough, her heart is big. Run don’t walk to hire her. ”

Beth Harrison
Human Strategist – Greater Boston Area

“From the first time we worked together, it was readily apparent to me that Laura possessed a passion for educating and training our employees. Her enthusiasm and drive for excellence was contagious. She is an excellent communicator and consistently demonstrated great perseverance and determination in imparting her knowledge and vision to all of our team members at all levels. Her knowledge about training and education in a corporate environment is truly impressive. I believe that the business world is in need of and can benefit greatly from more people like Laura who are passionate about improving communication and education in a business context.”

Paula Doyle
VP Marketing, Au Bon Pain

“Laura is wicked smaht and she’s got the credentials to back it up. I’ve worked closely with Laura for the past eight-plus years and she has made a significant impact on how we think and operate as a company. Her work in the area of team development has been of particular value. Laura is skilled at working at any level within the organization and adept at teaching our team about the value and process of quality communication. From pre-employment screening to conflict resolution, from organizational development to team building, Laura brings insight and energy to everything she does. Did I mention she’s wicked smaht?”

Matt Riley, SPHR
Vice President of People Operations, Marathon Health