Leadership Spotlight on Laura Deck Cunningham - Class of 1995

David Greene
October 1, 2010

Laura Cunningham


What you do for a living: Marketing, Community Relations

What you like best about your job: Working with talented, bright people on interesting and challenging projects.

Your education: B.A. magna cum laude in English from Denison University, Granville, Ohio. Junior year program at Harlaxton Study Centre, Grantham, England. M.A. in English, The Ohio State University. Summer Graduate Term at Exeter College, Oxford, England.

Your civic and community involvement: Leadership Palm Beach County, President, Board of Governors; Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, past president and board member; Pathfinders Scholarship Program, board member; Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Marketing Committee member. First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta, former deacon and current member.
Your family: Husband Tom, a social studies teacher at Jupiter High School. Son Drew, a sophomore at Jupiter High School.

City of birth: Gary, Indiana.

Place of residence: Jupiter, Florida

First job: Copywriter for Caldwell Van Riper, Inc., an Indianapolis ad agency. As the junior copywriter, I started at the bottom, writing ads for a cemetery and a casket company and catalogs for baby products, and producing weekly grocery store commercials. My cemetery ads actually won a local Addy Award.

Words that best describe you: energetic, enthusiastic, honest, hard-working, creative.

Where we would find you on a Saturday afternoon: with family.

Favorite way to spend time: Reading and going to my son’s lacrosse games.

Would not leave home without: Books on CD to listen to in the car.

Greatest extravagance: Travel

Mentors: Gale Howden and Gayle Landen, both Leadership alums!

Most important lesson you've learned: Hire talented employees, give them the freedom to do great work and they will exceed your expectations.

Person most interested in meeting: Steve Jobs

Life motto: “Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: "A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Last vacation: Paris

Place you most want to visit: England. My husband and I met at Oxford, and we would like to take our son there.

Most interesting place you have visited: Egypt

Last book(s) read: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Favorite restaurant: Charlie’s Crab

Last movie watched: The Last Station (about Leo Tolstoy)

Favorite TV show: NCIS

Best decision: Marrying Tom Cunningham and moving to Florida

Worst decision: Stopping jogging when I moved to Florida in the heat of the summer and not starting again.

Toughest decision: Leaving my family and friends in the Midwest when I moved to Florida.

Goals yet to be achieved: writing a book, traveling to Africa and China.

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