Laura Hurley


Career Development Specialist - Education, Government and Social Services in Career Development

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. However, I am not a Husker fanatic like some may initially think. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology & Spanish at Hastings College in Hastings, NE. From there I went on to complete two graduate degrees: M.S in Applied Behavior Analysis from Drexel University and an M.Ed in Positive Psychology and Athletic Leadership from Mizzou. I have a passion working with individuals on what inspires them and understanding how to identify our own potential and then reach it. I have a background working with student athletes in areas of mental performance, leadership, team culture, mental health, and academic success.

I love to travel and have been able to do quite a bit of it! My highlights include: one month in Seville, Spain when I was in my undergrad (thanks, J-Term!), 2 weeks traveling in Italy, and a 3-week backpack trip through Europe. The last one took place right before COVID and I was able to see 8 different countries within the 21 days, traveling by bus and staying in hostels. The best part was I went in having no plan and utilized social media polls to determine where I would head to next! 

My partner, Bryan, and I live in Mankato with our Goberian (golden retriever / husky mix) named Wrigley!