Laura Portolese Dias holds a master of business administration from City University of Seattle and a doctorate of business administration from Argosy University. Laura is a tenured professor at Shoreline Community College and teaches in the business department. She also teaches graduate and undergraduate management and HRM courses for The University of Phoenix–Western Washington Campus. Before becoming a professor, Laura worked for several small and large organizations in management and operations. She is also an entrepreneur who has performed consulting work for companies such as Microsoft.
Laura has authored two books for McGraw-Hill and numerous supplemental materials. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, and snowshoeing. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Alain, and her two rescue dogs, Casey and Sal.