Five questions for Laura Mather: Insights on how groupthink and heterogeneous teams impact decision-making.
Laura Mather is the founder and CEO of Unitive, where she combines expertise in technology, insights into human behavior, and an entrepreneurial savvy to address major challenges facing business and society. At Unitive, she is developing a suite of software to transform the talent management landscape by bolstering traditional human resource processes with software to eliminate unconscious bias and get the right people into the right jobs. Previously, Laura cofounded Silver Tail Systems and built it to a team of 100 that protected over one billion accounts before it was acquired by RSA, the security division of EMC. Laura began her career at the National Security Agency and Britannica.com before pioneering antiphishing practices for eBay and PayPal in the early 2000s. Throughout these professional experiences, Laura became intrigued with how the most productive teams were formed and witnessed how a lack of diversity stunted innovation and effectiveness at organizations, whether big or small, government, startup or Fortune 500. In 2012, Laura was 16th on Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list, sixth on Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, and ninth on Business Insider’s list of Most Powerful Women Engineers. In 2013, she was named to the top 50 Future Digital Strategists for Corporate Boards by Agenda magazine. Laura holds a PhD in computer science and a BS in applied mathematics.