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President, teamCFO, Inc.
Laura Yamanaka founded teamCFO in 2000 to improve performance and support the growth of the private business community through a “hands-on” working relationship with their clients. Today, teamCFO has a dynamic group of professionals focusing on both growth issues and turnaround operations for its clients. Since its inception, teamCFO has received several regional and national awards including the Asian Business Leadership Award by Wells Fargo/US Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the Women in Business and Accountant Advocate Award by the SBA.
Laura began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young where she managed a diverse portfolio of clients and provided services including audit, mergers & acquisitions, litigation support, IPO and SEC projects and filings.
As a long-time champion of financial literacy for women business owners, she has lectured on the subject to diverse audiences, including young girls who are aspiring business women and has been a key collaborator in the curriculum design and speaker at several national seminar series on the subject of financial literacy for business owners . Laura has also been featured in news and radio sources on the subject of small business and finance, including the Los Angeles Business Journal and in the Los Angeles Times article, “Nurturing Female Entrepreneurs.”
A passion for education, helping others and serving the community has also lead to service on various boards and volunteer efforts. More notably, Laura is currently Chair of the NAWBO where she also served as Treasurer and is Past President of the NAWBO – Los Angeles.