Laura Schroff : Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Laura Schroff

Former Media Executive & #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of An Invisible Thread: A Truly Inspirational Story

Laura Schroff, #1 New York Times bestselling author and keynote speaker, is a passionate and compelling voice on the power of small acts of kindness and mentorship. Laura has fully committed herself to advocating and inspiring others through her book, An Invisible Thread. As a keynote speaker at over 100 events, Laura encourages her audience to look for their own invisible thread connections and highlights the importance of opening up their eyes and hearts to the opportunities where they can make a difference in the lives of others.

Laura's book, An Invisible Thread, brings to life the inspiring true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and their unlikely meeting with destiny in 1986. When Schroff first met Maurice on a New York City street corner, she had no idea that she was standing on the brink of an incredible and unlikely friendship that would inevitably change both their lives forever. Laura’s unexpected lunch with Maurice quickly turned into a weekly Monday night ritual where she learned heart-wrenching details about Maurice’s horrific childhood of poverty, drugs and violence.

Sprinkled throughout the book is also Laura’s own story of her turbulent childhood. Every now and then, something about Maurice's struggles reminded her of her past, and how her father’s alcohol-induced rages shaped the person she became and, in a way, helped form an unbreakable bond with Maurice. Laura offers Maurice simple experiences he comes to treasure: learning how to set a table, baking chocolate chip cookies, trimming a Christmas tree, visiting her nieces and nephew on Long Island, and Maurice teaches Laura how to appreciate the simple joys in life and the true definition of lunch in a brown paper bag.

Laura now shares this heartwarming story of a friendship, which is based on trust and a bond that would continue to grow over a quarter of a century.

Since the launch in November 2011, An Invisible Thread has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for a total of 39 weeks and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a Christopher Award, a DreamCatcher Award, a Local Hometown Hero Award presented by New York Congressman Steve Israel and a finalist for Books for a Better Life. Recently, Laura spoke alongside Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former First Lady Laura Bush, and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell at Leadercast 2014, and An Invisible Thread film rights have been purchased by OddLot Entertainment. Furthermore, schools continue to adopt An Invisible Thread as a required read and Simon & Schuster Education Team has developed An Invisible Thread ELA Common Core Standards Curriculum Guide written by Pam B. Cole, Associate Dean and Professor of English Education and Literacy at Kennesaw State University. Just recently the New York City Board of Education purchased a large bulk order of copies of An Invisible Thread to be used in New York City schools.

Laura's second book, titled An Invisible Thread Christmas Story, will be released on September 22, 2015. The sweet picture book retells the story of the first Christmas that she and Maurice spent together. She shares how Maurice gave her a stuffed white teddy bear with a red heart, the only thing he had that he could truly call his own—to show her how grateful he was for their friendship. This heartwarming tale captures the true meaning of the holidays and will be one you’ll want to share with your family year after year as a reminder that a gift from the heart is always the best present under the tree.

Over her thirty-year career in advertising sales, Laura has worked with several major media companies, including Time Inc. and Conde Nast. Born and raised on Long Island in New York, Laura was part of the advertising team that helped launch and make USA Today a successful national newspaper. Before helping launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history—InStyle, Teen PEOPLE, and PEOPLE StyleWatch —she was also the New York Division Manager at PEOPLE magazine. Laura has also been the New York Ad Manager at Ms. Magazine and Associate Publisher at Brides.

Keynote Speaking Engagement Testimonials:

“To put it simply, Laura, you were absolutely OUTSTANDING on Friday. You delivered your message with such poise, humility, and clarity. Our audience was inspired and moved by the precision in which you told your story. Leaders all over the globe benefited greatly from your “Beyond You Moment” and we will all be forever grateful.”
--Jayson Teagle, Executive Director, Leadercast

“You made people think, believe and even cry. I am certain that they left the conference and went out searching for their “Invisible Thread.” I told you that you would warm the room; you did more than that, you set it on fire!”
-- Leonard R. Ference, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education

“The speech you delivered was inspirational and motivational recounting how one small act can leave a lasting impression. Your remarkable story encompasses the mission of Manhattan College.”
-- Christina Cardinale, Assistant Director, Manhattan College Student Accounts & Bursar Services

“While Laura’s story is magnificent in her book An Invisible Thread, her personal account is breathtaking. Perhaps it is so compelling to a room full of people because anyone could and can be Laura. Her heartfelt account of her initial interaction and then ongoing relationship with Maurice is as simple as it is complex. Laura’s action and now her message speaks to human beings capacity for compassion as well as the ability to change.”
-- Elizabeth A. Barbella, Chief Executive Officer, House of Hope

“As a teacher, I am most impressed with how my students’ attitudes have changed about others and how they should be treated. Having seen how well Laura Schroff’s book was received in my own classroom, I am confident that it could make a difference in the lives of other young people. A story as powerful as An Invisible Thread, or even just its powerful message, is something that should be shared in all classrooms.”
--Cassie Thiemens, Teacher, Tillamook, High School in Tillamook, Oregon

“Prior to the event we so appreciated that Laura took the time to understand her audience. She wanted to know where the kids were coming from, why they were here, and what was the purpose of our teen council. And, during the actual event we loved that Laura drew the students into her presentation by asking them questions. The interactive nature of the presentation invited all of the students to participate.”
--Marianne Macrae, Manager, Family Engagement Robin Hood Organization

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