Laura Rees Acosta

Laura Rees Acosta

Professional Staff Managing Director, Professional Development & Training
Laura Rees Acosta

Laura Acosta helps people and teams maximize their full potential. She is the Managing Director, Professional Development & Training at Goodwin, a Global 50 law firm with a history of working on groundbreaking matters and an increasingly focused approach to working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries.

Through best-in-class onboarding programs, core skills training, leadership development programs, and organizational change initiatives, Ms. Acosta and her team foster collaboration and innovation, drive excellence, cultivate leadership, promote diversity and inclusion, enhance engagement, and eliminate hidden barriers to success. Ms. Acosta also serves as a diversity and inclusion thought leader and ambassador, who partners with the firm’s diversity and inclusion director, team, and firm leaders to promote a fully inclusive workplace and a highly diverse workforce, in which each individual and team can thrive.

Ms. Acosta and her team focus on:

  • Providing new employees with early learning about the firm, its practices, its core principles, and how to integrate effectively;
  • Helping employees build core skills in legal and professional excellence;
  • Supporting leadership development and effective teaming; and
  • Driving engagement, work-life effectiveness and diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Acosta has significant experience in: 

  • Strategic plan development and execution;
  • Team leadership;
  • Committee oversight;
  • Consultation on talent development and diversity and inclusion best practices;
  • Strategic initiative implementation, including talent dashboards; executive coaching, sponsorship and leadership programs; unconscious bias disruption; and client, community and pro bono partnerships; and
  • Thought leadership and external relationship building.

Currently, Ms. Acosta is working with firm leaders, attorneys and professional staff to develop and implement an innovative talent development strategy for all employees of the firm. She also provides advice and guidance on diversity and inclusion initiatives, and supports the development of talent pipelines through one-one-one coaching and various professional development, business development and leadership development programs. Ms. Acosta previously worked with firm leadership to launch the firm’s chairman-led Inclusion Advisory Committee, and she collaborated with the committee on its early goals around communications, unconscious bias disruption, sponsorship, lateral hiring and metrics.

Before moving into the talent development space, Ms. Acosta practiced law for eight years and was a senior associate in Goodwin’s Labor & Employment practice. She also clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, served as editor in chief of the Houston Law Review and worked as an analyst at Accenture.

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2014
Coaches Training Institute, Co-Active Coach Training Program
J.D., 2005
University of Houston Law Center
(magna cum laude)
B.A., 2001
Rice University
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