When hard work alone is not enough,

find your edge

“Packed with fascinating stories and counterintuitive principles, Edge is a must read for anyone seeking to stand out from the crowd.”
         – Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive
“Huang masterfully weaves together original research and powerful stories that will leave you newly inspired and empowered to take charge of your biggest challenges.”
         – Susan David, author of Emotional Agility
“… a superbly researched, deeply insightful, and persuasive book… It’s truly out of this world.”
        – Terry Virts, former NASA astronaut and ISS Commander

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About Laura

Who I am when my head is leading my heart

I’m a professor at Harvard Business School. I have spent my academic career studying interpersonal relationships and implicit bias in entrepreneurship and in the workplace. My research has been featured in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Nature, and I was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40 by Poets & Quants.

Previously, I held positions in investment banking, consulting, and management, for organizations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services, and Johnson & Johnson. I received an MS and BSE in electrical engineering, both from Duke University, an MBA from INSEAD, and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine.

Who I am when my heart is leading my head

Many of us sit back quietly, hoping that our hard work and effort will speak for itself—only to be left frustrated and discouraged. Or we try to force ourselves into the mold of someone we think is “successful,” stifling the creativity and charm that make us unique and memorable.

I’ve experienced both. I’ve had to constantly find ways to turn adversity into advantage. I’m determined to bring my research and experience to the table to advocate for an inclusive workplace, inoculate against unconscious bias, and empower each of you to take control of how others perceive you—so that you can find your edge.


Project Emplify

Project Emplify is an initiative dedicated to addressing inequality and disadvantage through personal empowerment. Through Project Emplify, we are serving underprivileged and underserved communities to provide books, mentoring, and education. Our programming includes a book matching program, monthly mentoring sessions, and free workshops to help underserved high school and college students discover what empowerment means to them, and how they can find and create their edge — so that they can enact change, influence, and create positive impact. We partner with non-profits and foundations to serve these communities, and your support will make a huge difference. 

Consider making a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small.  

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