About Laura

Laura Lewis-Barr specializes in helping executives and staff communicate their ideas with humor, vitality, and presence. An award-winning writer, Laura is practiced in the art of storytelling and often coaches on perfecting stories to inspire, motivate, and persuade others.


Laura’s other specialty is emotional intelligence. Her recent publication, Improving Communication at Work – 52 Tips, Techniques, and Tools to Build Emotional Intelligence – A Card Deck for Workers, Managers, and Teams comes from her many years of coaching adults in emotional intelligence and the practical uses of positive psychology. See www.training4breakthroughs.com.


Laura began graduate studies in Counseling Psychology but eventually returned to the theatre and earned a Masters Degree in Performing Arts. Laura continues to study depth psychology, facilitation, and process work. She has worked with managers from Chase Bank, Thomson Reuters, Dow Chemical, AoL, Toyota, and many other large and small companies. Laura is a Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Certified trainer and a certified trainer through Development Dimensions International and Achieve Global.


With a passion for learning, Laura brings a wide range of talents into her presentations.  Her previous roles (as an actress, theatre director, and award-winning playwright), bring vitality and play into her presentations. 


When not training, Laura writes plays, screenplays, and sometimes directs movies, plays, or retreat events. Her film "Cloistered Honey" was an official selection at the Red Dirt International Film Festival (nominated for Best Writing - Drama) the Eugene International Film Festival (Awarded Best Screenplay – Feature) and the online festival at cultureunplugged.com)  Laura's plays are published  and distributed through YouthPlays and Heartland Plays.

Laura, her husband Rick, and their sweet terrier Reggie, live in the Chicago suburbs. They all love camping, hiking, gardening, and going to outdoor concerts. When indoors, Laura’s voracious reading habit keeps her current on emerging brain science, new research in psychology, futurist thought, and new training methodologies.

Curious about a presentation or workshop from Laura?  Here are some short youtube clips--a brief glimpse into some recent events.

Beginning a presentation for HR professionals.

Questions/answers and brief exercise for library professionals.

Opening and closing of nonverbal presentation.

Laura Lewis-Barr,
M.A., 6SecCert., DDI Cert.