Laura Baldini '92 vividly remembers the "Outward Bound style" canoeing trip in Canada she took with Wendy Welshans and a small group of students during one spring break. A self-described "city girl," Laura credits that trip with bringing out her adventurous side and teaching her that she could do anything: "That trip taught me about taking risks."
When it was time to move on from Forman, that is exactly what she did. While Laura admits it took a while for her to find the right college, she eventually settled at Arizona State University, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree. After college, she delved into the world of real estate, and went on to get her M.B.A. from Suffolk University and her Real Estate Certificate from Boston University.
After 18 years in real estate, it was time for her to take another risk. With no restaurant experience whatsoever, Laura and her partner decided to open a juice bar in Kendall Square in Boston. It has been four years since their first store opened with two employees and at present day, they have two additional stores (Boston Public Market and Newbury Street) with 40 employees. Thanks to Laura's creative genius and networking savvy, Mother Juice is now Boston's premier juice bar.
And that's not all. On the side, Laura works for L Brands (Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works) as a consultant putting together inspirational trips for the Columbus, OH based design teams. She says, "I love putting together a summer weekend in Nantucket or a fall weekend in Maine and then walking into Bath and Body Works and seeing the displays that came from the inspiration the design teams took from the trip."
Laura’s sense of adventure has taken her far. With the confidence of knowing what’s on the other side of “taking the leap,” she is now working on opening a Mother Juice store at Logan International Airport. And beyond that, the possibilities are endless.