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Laura Lang is a Senior Mortgage Banker and Sales Team Leader at Cardinal Financial Company in New Jersey. Out of the office, she is a wife, mother, friend and Chester, New Jersey homeowner. Oftentimes reminding herself that it is really possible to have it all! In an industry that is flooded with men, Laura is a leading professional in the mortgage industry, and a role model for women hereafter. Furthermore, Laura aims to teach others how she successfully balances her high profile business life with her family life.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States workforce is made up of approximately 32% women, in which more than 75% are mothers with children under the age of 18 years old. In addition to having to balance a 9-5 job with kids and a husband, women are oftentimes left without pay when a leave of absence is taken. The U.S. Census Bureau also reported that in 2018 the most common reason for joblessness in women was the need to take care of children. While it may not be the direct reason for women only making up for 32% of the workforce in the United States, it is definitely one of the major contributing factors. With first hand experience in overcoming the norms of her industry, Laura is paving the way for other women, while teaching them that it is possible to be successful in business and personal life.
Laura’s desire to achieve greater things started at an early age. She was a competitive swimmer which entailed a vigorous training schedule from the age of 10 and went on to earn a college scholarship as a division 1 athlete. Laura explains that a key factor in building success is to never stop hustling. She upholds a positive mindset towards everything and backs it with an unsurpassed work ethic. Laura takes great pride in serving clients with the utmost dignity and care, and works to truly understand the needs, desires, and unique situations of each and every one. She has worked in the mortgage industry since 2003 and has broken gender norms, as well as inspired and empowered women to do the same. Laura spoke on the topic saying, “I think as women we all have a harder time with work life balance. We put so much pressure on ourselves in trying to be perfect in every way. We don’t need to be perfect, we just need to be the best version of ourselves that we can be! I feel truly blessed that I love what I do and I believe it makes me a better person to my family and friends. I work hard but also make my family and friends a priority. It is possible to have success in personal life and in business if you surround yourself with people that support you and believe in you.”
Today, the mortgage industry is made up of more than 68% men, whereas women account for only 32%. Laura is a leader in this male dominated industry and has built her success by continuing to educate herself, putting in the work and focusing on a positive mindset. Proving that she can stand the test of gender barriers, she continues to show up and coming professionals that they are capable of doing the same. “I believe striving for success as a woman in business makes me a better role model for my daughter. It is so important to embrace the next generation of women and be a mentor in order to help them succeed even further and break new barriers. It is important to me for my daughter to understand that she can do anything as long as she puts the work in.”