Profile: Laura DeFazio

Laura DeFazio has been an active board member of the Louisville Society for Human Resources Management (LSHRM) for over 5 years. She has held a variety of positions including chair positions, the Director of Hospitality, and is currently serving the second year of her three year presidency commitment. As LSHRM’s President, she leads the largest chapter in the state of Kentucky, which consists of 14 Directors and Officers and over 600 members. She is also a member of the Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management (KYSHRM).

In 2017, Laura led the effort to rebrand the chapter, including overseeing the development of a new chapter website and the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy. She also has plans to hold a strategic planning session this fall to define the chapter’s strategy as they move into the future to increase growth and better support the HR profession and professional. Laura credits much of the success of her presidency to her LSHRM team of volunteers that inspire her daily with their commitment, innovative ideas, and strong leadership ability! She is humbled and proud to work with such a distinguished group of Human Resource professionals.

Laura is also continuing the work of the groundbreaking Bridging the Talent Gap initiative that LSHRM began in 2016 to help employees recruit and retain top talent in the Louisville area. This past fall, she secured a leading expert to present the Total Internship Management Workshop in Louisville as a workforce solution for the community. The workshop focused on teaching HR leaders how to build a top notch internship and entry talent program at their organizations. In addition to the workshop, she is continuing to build partnerships between area universities and organizations to help connect interns with meaningful internships, and assisting employers with maintaining a pipeline of highly qualified candidates.

Laura has worked at L&N Credit Union in Louisville, Kentucky for over 15 years. She has held a variety of positions and currently oversees the Training and Development function for the organization. She enjoys strategic planning and ensuring the development of staff aligns with the credit unions mission, purpose, and values. In addition, she has created in-house programs for the organization to help identify and develop future leaders as well as train current leaders. Laura also enjoys identifying process improvement opportunities and continuously seeking ways in which to optimize efficiency within the organization.

Since beginning her career at the credit union Laura has seen the company grow tremendously. The credit union has been a great place to learn and grow, and just this year received the prestigious honor of being named the #1 Best Places to Work in Kentucky!

Laura graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Louisville. Laura holds the designations of a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) by the Society for Human Resource Management and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from HRCI. In 2016, she was named by the Louisville Business First publication as one of the “Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources”