He has both selected and designed innovative software that allows for the effective management of critical business issues for consulting and temporary staffing. His training in sociology/anthropology spawned an interest in corporate cultures, their variations and the importance they play in employee success. The ability to distinguish cultures has been a hallmark of Wall Street Services’ ability to effectively staff very diverse financial service firms. The press frequently interviews Mr. Laughter for his opinions on trends in the financial staffing industry and his unique perspective about the direction the sector is taking.
Mr. Laughter has been selected to participate in a number of leadership training programs such as MIT’s Birthing of Giants—an advanced training for successful entrepreneurs. He is active with YEO (Young Entrepreneurs Organization) and participates in the planning of educational seminars for that organization.
A graduate of Earlham College, Mr. Laughter is active on a number of boards and committees and is interested in sailing and politics.
Having worked for an institutional investment firm in Wall Street, Ms. Laughter understood the qualifications necessary to be exceptional. This led to the development of innovative tools for screening that would allow the firm to establish a consistent standard of excellence. Seeing the importance of round-the-clock staffing capability, the firm became one of the first to provide 24/7 services. Another development that responded directly to client needs was the opening of the Skills Acceleration Institute in 1987. By offering training to both clients and its own employees, Wall Street Services was able to fulfill its commitment to enhancing productivity in the work place.
In addition to her work in the financial services sector, Ms. Laughter has worked in publishing and public relations. She also spent two years working in East Harlem counseling adolescents on career related issues.
Ms. Laughter is a graduate of Hunter College and has a Master’s degree from New York University. She is an avid reader and is fascinated by politics.