Originally from Oakland, CA, Laura Heywood began working as a commercial actor and print model as a young teenager, appearing in campaigns for Nintendo, Apple Computers, Constellation Brands, GTE Mobile Net, and the infamous Dove Campaign For Real Beauty. Laura attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Washington, where she studied Theatre Arts and writing and was active in LGBT causes and student media. In 2005 she was recruited to New York City for the launch of Sirius Satellite Radio’s MAXIM channel, based on the popular men’s magazine, as both a producer and co-host. In 2009, Laura created the Twitter account @BroadwayGirlNYC, to document her love of New York Theatre. 2010 saw the launch of “At the Stage Door with @BroadwayGirlNYC,” Laura’s weekly column on BroadwayWorld.com about life as a Broadway fan. Laura’s reveal as the force behind @BroadwayGirlNYC came in February of 2015 when she was invited to speak onstage at TEDxBroadway. The public “merging of her two lives,” as Laura put it, allowed her to launch a new company, Laura Heywood Media, to focus on both social media consulting and live appearances as a Broadway expert. Visit Laura online at www.lauraheywoodmedia.com. Hear Laura's TEDxBroadway talk on Practicing Happiness.