Laura Brandenburg is the Founder and CEO of Bridging the Gap.
Instead of writing formally in the 3rd-person, I’ll give you my real, authentic introduction. I’m here behind this virtual screen you are reading on. I love the company I’ve created – the people who work IN it, and the people we are able to help.
And I love business analysis.
I discovered business analysis in 2003 after about 2 years as an associate editor and nearly 2 years as a quality assurance professional in the publishing industry.
I changed jobs and locations twice over the next 4 years, nearly always finding myself as the first BA in an organization with limited process maturity. In 2006, I landed in Denver, Colorado, where my senior BA role quickly turned into a director-level role. I built a 15-person team of business analysts, project managers, and QA professionals and interviewed dozens of BAs as part of building that team.
I loved helping my staff tackle new challenges, but found myself longing to be part of a company that was a full expression of my personal values and best contribution to the world. I discovered that what I enjoyed most about every job I ever had all came back to business analysis.
I started consulting as a business analyst and founded Bridging the Gap in 2008.
As a consultant I’ve performed BA work on IT projects, business change efforts, and helped organizations define their BA practice and recruit BA professionals. I’ve seen business analysis from just about every angle – and I bring all of those perspectives into the books and courses you find here.
I published How to Start a Business Analyst Career in June 2009 and since then, have evolved Bridging the Gap into a premium provider of online business analyst training, helping thousands of new, aspiring, and I’ve-been-doing-this-forever-but-no-one-ever-taught-me-how business analysts find more confidence and success in their work.
I currently live in southeastern North Carolina with my husband and two young daughters and spend summers in northern Michigan, Traverse City area. Our family loves the water and you’ll often find me contemplating new ideas to go bigger on long beach walks.
I’m passionate about cultivating my abundance mindset and about inspiring women, especially female entrepreneurs, realizing their full time and financial freedom potential.
I support charitable causes that empower women financially, like the Women’s Bean Project and charity:water.
Bridging the Gap is more than a company to me, albeit it being a very successful business. This organization is a vehicle for expressing my best and highest creative work, making a positive impact on the world, creating the kind of company I always wanted to work at, employing talented and dedicated professionals to work in their zone of genius, and building true financial freedom for myself and my family.
I’m forever grateful for the professionals who find their way here, and allow us to help them achieve even more success, and become part of their career journeys.
Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for reading. I look forward to helping you build a fulfilling and financially rewarding career in business analysis. And if you haven’t already, click here to learn more about starting a business analyst career with our free training.