At The Forefront | Episode Seven: Laura Wright

In this episode, host Tim Mallad welcomes Laura Wright, Forefront Living Board Member, who has years of experience working with growing companies and establishing and nurturing a positive and fun culture in the workplace. In this thirty-minute podcast, Tim and Laura discuss her career with Southwest Airlines and the changes she experienced through growth and lessons learned that can be applied to most any other industry. Join us for this very special episode and come away with a renewed focus on fun at work!


Laura Wright worked with Southwest Airlines Co. from 1988-2013, and was its senior vice president and chief financial officer from 2004 to 2012. During her 25-year career at Southwest, she held various positions, including treasurer, assistant treasurer and director of corporate finance.

Wright currently is the sole member of GSB Advisory, LLC, which provides strategic and financial consulting for non-profit and growth companies. She serves on the Boards of Directors of TE Connectivity, CMS Energy and its subsidiary Consumers Energy, SRI International and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. Wright is also a Board Regent for the University of North Texas System as well as Forefront Living.

Wright holds a B.S.A. and an M.S.A. from the University of North Texas and is a certified public accountant in the state of Texas.

At the Forefront” is now available for listening via Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and viewing on our YouTube channel. Look for a new episode at the end of each month.