2020 Millennial on the Move: Laura Wright
37, Vice President, Marketing Director at Old Point National Bank, Hampton
Business and Civic Involvement:
Center for Child & Family Services Board Member; Downtown Hampton Child Development Center Board Member; Virginia Bankers Association Marketing Committee Member; Christopher Newport University Luter School of Business Student Mentor; Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management Class of 2021; LEAD Peninsula Class of 2018; Virginia Living Museum’s Bacchus Festival Committee Member
What is something that makes you stand out professionally?
I can balance being both creative and analytical. This ability makes it easier for me to manage all of the varied aspects of my role as well as the changing marketing landscape. On top of that, I’ve found that my positive attitude and hard work ethic have been huge assets, and I’m thankful to my parents for instilling me with these traits.
Who or what keeps you motivated or inspires you?
Some of the amazing women that I have had a chance to work with over the years motivate me to push myself, but also remind to take time for self-care and family time.
Tell us about an accomplishment that you’re proud of.
I’m proud of my continual education. I enjoy learning more about my field and our community.
How do you feel your industry can best respond to the effects of COVID-19?
I think my industry, particularly the community banking industry, has already responded amazingly to the effects of COVID-19. We have worked around the clock to assist our clients and small businesses with loans, payment relief and adjusted services. This situation has also pushed my industry to make our services more digital and customer friendly.
What new idea or development are you excited about in Coastal Virginia?
I’m excited (and simultaneously dreading) the expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. I have lived and worked on both sides of the water and anything to help the tunnel traffic in the long run is appealing.
What’s the most important aspect you look for in a workplace?
To me the most important aspect of a workplace is one that values its employees and fosters a positive and supportive environment. You can love what you do, but if you don’t enjoy who you work with or don’t feel valued, it can be toxic.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current position?
I never imagined myself to be in banking, but now that I am, it’s hard to imagine myself anywhere else. I think I would probably be using my skills to help develop the mission of one of our local nonprofits.
What’s your favorite spot to relax in Coastal Virginia?
I love to relax on my paddleboard or anywhere by the water.