Early Life and Education
Thompson grew up in Evanston, Illinois out to a single mother and stated that her mother's hard-working attitude and perseverance was an inspiration to model. Laura's mother made several sacrifices for a better life for her daughter, including paying for her to go to the prestigious private school, Wayland Academy.
After high school, Thompson went on to attend Brown University and was heavily involved in campus life. She was the co-founder of the Social Innovation Initiative, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and presented at several notable conferences including the Mckinsey Summer Leadership Summit and the Goldman Sachs Ivy League Investment Club. Thompson graduated with a 3.9 G.P.A. with a degree in Public Policy & American Institutions.
Thompson co-founded Runa, a tea and clean-energy drink company that employs several thousand indigenous Amazonian farmers and is sold in more than 7,000 stores nationwide. She also was a Summer Fellow at The New Sector Alliance before joining Google in 2009. In 2011, Thompson moved to London after only one visit to become a Product Marketing Manager in Europe where her global launch of Chromebook offline retail won 1st place at the International Retail Design Institute Awards for store fixture design.
In 2013, Thompson moved back to the United States to join the Google X team and help developed products such as smart contact lenses and delivery drones. In addition, she has been engaged in over 100 speaking arrangements with C-Suite executives from around the globe, including being a keynote for Google's 800 global "Top Contributors" conference. Thompson became an associate for GV in 2016.
Thompson is currently the Co-Chair od the Legacy Committee at GLIDE, a non-profit which aims to lift San Francisco's less fortunate out of poverty through social entrepreneurship. In addition, she is an activator at SheEO, a global initiative which focuses on giving female entrepreneurs and innovators the tools they need to build successful companies.