Liz LaForte is Founder and President of LaForte Consulting, where she brings over 20 years of diverse human resources experience from specialized industries to her role.
Liz began her career as a financial recruiter with a Manhattan-based headhunting firm and went on to become the human resources manager for the international advertising agency, Foote, Cone and Belding, in New York City.
As the director of human resources for SecurityCoverage, a start-up IT security company, Liz managed all aspects of recruiting, training, benefits, wellness, employee development and employee relations for the company.
After several years at SecurityCoverage, Liz became manager of HR with Genova Technologies, a federal contractor for CMS with offices in Cedar Rapids, IA and Baltimore, MD. At Genova, Liz was responsible for all employee development and training, HR compliance, policy development, policy implementation, onboarding and employee relations.
In 2014, Liz was ready to strike out on her own. She founded LaForte Consulting, a full-service HR Partner that provides organizations the tools necessary to achieve success through building and maintaining dynamic cultures.
Today, Liz specializes in executive coaching services, employee training and development, and interim/virtual HR support to clients. Her mission is to partner with organizations to drive employee satisfaction; improve retention and performance; and to help individuals develop their skills sets, meet goals, and experience success.
A native of Connecticut, Liz received a BA from Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She holds her Professional Human Resource Certification from the HR Certification Institute, as well as her SHRM-CP from the SHRM organization, and is certified as an Executive Coach from the Center for Executive Coaching.
Liz LaForte Show Notes
Phone number: (319) 270-2160
What did you do before you became a MaturePreneur?
Did you go to school for HR?
Isn’t it amazing that we don’t do the thing we went to college for?
What are you doing now?
You said you do this virtually, correct?
How do they find you and is it big companies, small companies? Who would hire you?
How many different companies do you work with?
Did you get them before you moved here?
When you gave your notice to the company you worked for, did you already have clients lined up?
Was it a little scary when you left the engineering place?
Do you work by yourself or do you have someone who helps you?
When did you find that you had to pick up these extra people?
Once you started your business, what was the most successful idea you implemented for it?
What was your least successful idea and how did you change tactics to fix it?
When you say networking you mean going to events?
After you began is there anything that you did that catapulted you to the next level of your business?
Did you have a period of stagnation and what did you do to weather it?
What was the best advice you have gotten from somebody?
When you say training modules, do you mean an online course type of thing or something that you can pass off to them?
Do you end up traveling to them?
When you started your venture, did you come up against any resistance from family and friends and what did you do to overcome it?
Now that you have years under your belt, is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
Do you mean you would actually go to take the certification or do you mean from home?
What is the most surprising thing that you discovered once you started your endeavor?
What is the biggest problem that you see in the entrepreneurial space?
Do you have mentors?
Do you have any advice for someone who is just starting out?