Team Spotlight: Laura Steeves, Project Manager

Posted by: Rebecca MacLeod, on August 18, 2016

Welcome to Planetary Power’s Team Spotlight, a regular feature on our blog. This time, we’re putting a spotlight on Laura Steeves, our fabulous engineering Project Manager.

A little about Laura:

Laura is an experienced project manager who earned her stripes at Kymeta, Intellectual Ventures and HSBC before joining Planetary Power. She is recognized for “getting the job done” with excellent attention to detail and great communication skills. She is results-driven, and is an advocate for product quality, customer focus and engineering rigor.

And now, for the fun part…the questions!

What do you like most about working for Planetary Power?

When I first joined Planetary Power, I was struck by the easy-going attitude of everyone in the company. You feel like nobody is out for themselves, and instead there is a huge sense of collaboration in the team which I’m sure contributes greatly to the success of the company. There are no egos whatsoever, and people are ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in order to get the job done. I’m also impressed by the humility displayed by our leadership, which is demonstrated by their “all hands on deck” approach. The engineers are a pleasure to work with, are brilliant at their respective engineering disciplines, and have a real sense of urgency about our schedule and go to market strategy. I’m honored to be able to work so closely with them.

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

When I was 17, I had a part-time job as a commercial voice for a local radio station in Colombia. I’d go to soccer (or futbol) matches for Deportes Tolima (my local soccer team) and narrate commercials in between match breaks. I was also able to meet some famous local footballers of the same caliber as James Rodriguez who is from my home town. Overall, it was a fun opportunity, and I’m glad I had it. 🙂

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

It has to be Cape Town, South Africa. I was impressed by it’s natural beauty (the view from Table Mountain is incredible), the kindness and warmth of it’s people, and the local food was amazing.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Cheese….. need I say more?

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

I like exploring the Pacific Northwest landscape through hiking. I also like singing, but I’m not quite ready to make it to “The Voice.” 😉

What have you always wanted to try but never have?

I’ve been wanting to try paragliding for a while, but every time we are scheduled to go, the wind direction doesn’t cooperate. We’ve had to cancel three times. Maybe I’ll check that box off my bucket list next year.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

To let go of things and to not sweat the small stuff. However, this is easier said than done.

If you had an out-of-town guest visiting the Seattle area, what three things would you recommend they do while in town?

I typically recommend to my visitors Pike Place Market, The Museum of Flight and a leisurely hike around Mount Rainier.