Lara Bruhn fell in love with the challenge of business in college when she became Business Manager of The Daily Princetonian newspaper. Over the ensuing 25 years, she has contributed to the success of a wide variety of enterprises, including a global consulting firm, a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, a university, and a small business. Her skills as a general manager with a special emphasis on strategic discipline and leadership of people have allowed her to achieve results in such diverse arenas.
Some of her more interesting projects have included: founding the UK office of BrassRing, an HR talent management system, to launch the European sales and service arm; revamping Crimson & Brown, a company whose mission was to promote hiring of diverse candidates nationally; growing Prantl’s Bakery, an iconic local bakery in Pittsburgh, PA, to a position of financial health and stability.
Her involvement in such a varied array of organizations gives her insight into best practices and helps her continue to think outside the box while recognizing real world constraints. Lara’s interests outside of work include travel, food, and community service. She lives north of San Antonio with her husband Matt, two sons Simon and Owen, their seven steers and dog Stella.
- Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Professional (CM&AP)
- Prantl’s Bakery: co-owner
- Valdosta State University: professor of business
- BrassRing: general manager, UK
- Crimson & Brown: general manager
- The Washington Post: sales and marketing
- Greater D.C. Cares: program manager
- Andersen Consulting (currently known as Accenture): consultant
- A.B., Princeton University, major: psychology,
- M.B.A., Harvard Business School