Laura Huddle HEAD OF NEW BUSINESS NAME: Laura Huddle ROLE: Head of New Business, Asia-Pacific (APAC) COMPANY: Eventbrite Few people are more driven and accomplished than Laura Huddle. Between juggling a two year old, completing an MBA and dodging fireballs to win every Mario game, Laura has, for almost a decade, led Eventbrite to become the world’s largest event technology platform. Eventbrite is a leading global event management and ticketing platform that allows users to create, share, find and attend events. Eventbrite assists event creators transform their idea into a reality. However, it also allows attendees to find and attend events. In 2018, Eventbrite powered 3.9 million events across 170 countries. Laura was raised in North Carolina where she also studied Business Administration and Journalism at the University of North Carolina. After completing her degrees, Laura moved to San Francisco where she worked for Fox Interactive Media and Myspace before she joined what was then a small start-up company, Eventbrite. “I’m a technologist. I love gadgets. I’m a gamer. As we become more tech savvy, being in an industry that focuses on human connection. I’ve got a lot of time for that.” In 2016, Laura returned to study, completing a Global Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA), predominantly based in Hong Kong through three different schools – Hong Kong University, London Business School and Columbia University in New York. “It was an intense amount of work, which I happened to complete while pregnant and working at Eventbrite.” Laura says. Laura has taken a number of bold risks in her career. She moved from North Carolina to San Francisco, a city where she knew no one. She joined a start-up company that no had heard of. Then she moved with her family (dog and all) to Melbourne, Australia, a country in which she had never set foot. “My career has been a series of taking measured risks, trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone.” She says. In Australia, Laura helped build the marketing team as Head of Marketing before her current role as Head of New Business in Asia- Pacific (APAC). Laura’s dedication to the company and its success comes from her belief in its mission, which is bringing people together to share in live experiences. “I’m a technologist. I love gadgets. I’m a gamer. As we become more tech savvy, being in an industry that focuses on human connection. I’ve got a lot of time for that.” She says. As Head of New Business, Laura assists event creators bring their ideas into fruition. She says that working with passionate people is what she loves most about her job.