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Official Bio

Laura Simms is an expert in meaningful work who challenges conventional wisdom by asking people to ditch their passions and start with purpose.

She’s the creator of Your Career Homecoming, a celebrated career change program that helps people discover the meaningful work that’s right for them. Her work has been featured by The US News & World ReportBusiness Insider, and Psychology Today.

Laura’s colorful career history includes a history degree, an MFA in acting, getting fired from a dream project, quitting multiple jobs (including one after the first day), teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a successful career as an actor where she worked on network television, performed in every state on the Eastern seaboard, received multiple callbacks from Cirque du Soleil, and shared a sound booth with Sandra Oh.

She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son, where she loves walking in the woods and trying to find the best whiskey cocktail in town.


Laura Simms is the founder of the celebrated career change program, Your Career Homecoming, where she helps people discover the meaningful work that's right for them.  




  • Why you shouldn't follow your passion
  • What purpose is and isn't, and how it's different from passion
  • How to find a meaningful career
  • What the new paradigm of work looks like today
  • Practical steps to take when changing careers
  • Other topics related to meaningful work, career change, and entrepreneurship

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For interviews, I'm comfortable improvising and following the conversation where it goes. Occasionally, I'm asked what kind of questions I receive most often. Here's a sample: 

  • Tell us about your own journey to finding a meaningful career. 
  • Traditional advice for people looking to change careers is to follow their passions, but you focus on purpose with your clients. Why?
  • What differentiates passion and purpose?
  • What are some of the mistakes people make when going through a career transition and what should they do instead?
  • If someone wants a new career but they don’t know what they want to do, how can they start to figure that out?

Good to Know

  • I'm an expert on meaningful work and the founder of Your Career Homecoming
  • I advocate ditching your passions and starting with purpose. 
  • I live in Atlanta, GA. 
  • I used to be an actor and appeared on Criminal Minds, Leverage, and Castle. (More of my story here.)
  • I started my business in 2011. 


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