Laura Westercamp, a University of Iowa alum, uses her entrepreneurial mindset to stand out in a corporate setting. She graduated with honors in 2007, earning degrees from both the Tippie College of Business (Finance, Marketing, and Management) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Political Science). During her time at Iowa, Westercamp was actively involved in many groups on campus, holding leadership positions in a variety of student organizations including University of Iowa Student Government, The Hawkinson Institute, I-Envision, Delta Sigma Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Tippie College of Business Student Ambassador Program. If this seems like a lot for one student to juggle, Westercamp will agree.

She says, “I treasure my time at Iowa. I studied abroad twice, got very involved, explored coursework through four majors, developed life-long friendships, and had a ton of fun. Not to sound smug, but I wouldn’t change a thing. For current students, I would encourage them to savor their time, and even though it might seem like the hardest challenge in front of them, get ready to climb mountains the rest of life. You’ve always got to keep reaching for new summits!”

After graduating, Westercamp began a career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York City during the tumultuous housing crisis. She is currently a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Management Consulting Practice. Her new position gave her the opportunity to work in North America, Europe, and Asia, helping companies determine their strategy and operational design.

She is leading teams in both the United States and Europe in cooperation with Boston Scientific Corporation to develop a cloud-based, data-driven digital health care solution for hospitals. Westercamp works tirelessly to help improve patient outcomes while also reducing the cost of treating patients with chronic cardiovascular diseases.

Getting to her current position was not easy. She acknowledges that there is a glass ceiling for women in the work world, but remains optimistic that it is cracking more and more each day. For other young female professionals, Westercamp shares some advice that has helped her along her entrepreneurial journey. She says, “Seek mentors – both men and women – because good advice transcends gender.” Once you’ve established a strong support system, Westercamp recommends to stay in touch with your mentors and further develop that network.

Finally, she urges women to support other women. She explains, “Too often I see a scarcity effect, where women get ultra-competitive with one another. In any company, there’s room for best talent anywhere – just make sure you’re working hard and building your network!” Westercamp’s professional achievements clearly demonstrate the power of building and maintaining a tight-knit network and empowering other women in the workplace.

Despite Westercamp’s hugely successful and time-consuming career, she still makes time to stay connected with the University of Iowa and Iowa City communities. She serves on the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) Advisory Council, working with other alumni board members and Iowa JPEC management to improve the operation of the board. Westercamp has participated in several panelist and speaking events with Iowa JPEC, including the 2016 November Startup Stories where she shared her career advice with hundreds of students. Her involvement with Iowa JPEC also encompasses the Student-Alumni Mentoring Committee. This group is in the progress of designing a mentorship program to enhance the professional development of students while boosting alumni engagement rates.

Giving back to the University of Iowa and being an active alum comes naturally for Westercamp. “We are who we are because of the work we’ve put in, but also because of the work people have put in us. We have a responsibility to give back and strive to help others achieve success – we are Hawkeye nation! As we learn from our football team every fall, yes, you can make magic happen through individuals, but teams create miracles,” she explains.

Westercamp is the type of alum that demonstrates the great learning environment that exists at the University of Iowa. For students, she sets a prime example of hard work, dedication, and the value of following your passions. To the University and its colleges, Westercamp plays a key role in advancing relationships and involving alumni with current students, staff, and faculty.