Determination and grit are the watchwords Laurie McDonald uses to describe how she’s achieved career success. When she began working for jewelry maker PANDORA USA as its first account executive, she sold bracelets door-to-door to local stores, working out of the founder’s basement.
Now general manager of the U.S. market, McBride has helped PANDORA along its exponential growth trajectory to be a public company worth more than $1 billion.
Since moving to Baltimore, McDonald has worked tirelessly to increase the company’s philanthropic efforts. PANDORA has introduced an employee volunteerism program that allows staff members paid time-off hours for volunteering at local organizations of their choice.
“Over the time I have known Laurie, I have learned that she is one of the most determined leaders that I have had the pleasure of meeting,” says David Nevins, president at Nevins & Associates. “She constantly goes above and beyond to motivate employees to ensure that PANDORA exceeds its goal to be one of the world’s most prominent jewelry manufacturers.”