Laura Campbell, Founder & CEO
Laura Campbell has more than two decades of experience launching and growing businesses – as an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist, a strategist and a corporate communicator for both public and private companies. During her career she has assisted more than 250 new ventures and existing businesses in their growth and development, as well as helped guide hundreds of executive coaching clients.
Ms. Campbell’s strengths lie in her ability to help businesses and individuals identify, articulate and implement their often cutting-edge visions. She is known for her intuition and organizational abilities with an eye on the big picture, as well as her solid grounding in the financial realities and details of new business development and existing business management.
Ms. Campbell has served as Chief Executive Officer of Laura Campbell & Associates since the company’s inception in 1997. The business growth advisory firm’s clients include new and existing businesses, investors and individuals across the nation. Laura Campbell & Associates supports clients in areas such as strategic planning; executive coaching; sales and business development; fundraising strategy and investor relations; and marketing and communications.
Previously, Ms. Campbell founded the Nashville Health Care Council, a highly successful economic development organization created to support the growth and increase the awareness of Nashville as the nation’s leading health care business community. Ms. Campbell developed the business plan, raised more than $1.5 million to support the Council’s initiatives, assembled a prestigious Board of Directors representing diverse areas of the health care industry, launched a variety of events and informational resources, and significantly increased awareness of the industry’s presence.
Before spearheading the formation of the Council, she was a Partner at one of the South’s oldest, largest venture capital firms, Massey Burch Capital Corp., which primarily invested in early-stage health care, communications, information and other service companies. As a member of the investment committee, she evaluated new ventures, advised businesses in the development of their business plans and identities, and assisted in managing investments in promising start-ups. During her years with Massey Burch, Ms. Campbell helped lead the formation and marketing of a $30 million fund and established a nationally recognized annual venture capital conference.
Prior to joining Massey Burch, Ms. Campbell directed investor relations, marketing and public relations for Wessex Corp., a publicly traded health care company. Other early experience includes several years as an intern with the investor relations and corporate communications departments of Hospital Corporation of America, where she assisted in the development and research of financial and marketing materials.
A nationally recognized expert in launching and growing businesses and in private equity investments, Ms. Campbell is an active mentor and business competition judge for entrepreneurs of all ages and from all walks of life, particularly through her work with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Launch Tennessee. Ms. Campbell is a speaker and writer whose articles have appeared in numerous publications.
She has served on boards of numerous companies and organizations, including the Nashville Society of Financial Analysts, Nashville Capital Network, Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship Women’s Programs, Tennessee Venture Group, Vanderbilt University Health Care Management Programs, Franklin Road Academy, Nashville Health Care Council and Please Assist Me. Ms. Campbell was appointed to the Nashville Entrepreneurism Task Force and also served as Co-Chair of the Healthcare Delivery Solutions Congress, a national forum for industry thought leaders. She was recognized as a top “40 under 40″ in both The Tennessean and Business Nashville and honored multiple times in the Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care 100 and Medical News’ InCharge Healthcare. Ms. Campbell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rice University, where she was a Board of Governors Scholar.