RRJ: Laura, we are thrilled that you are sharing how your faith is at work in the community. Was it a spiritual calling that led you to dedicate your time and service to Palomar Insurance?
LH: Without a doubt, God provided this position as Communications Director at Palomar Insurance. After 19 years working in advertising at a local agency where Palomar Insurance was my client, it was a natural transition to come on board. I have been here a year, and my time here already feels like family. I made the transition in the middle of the Coronavirus Pandemic, which has been strange, but such a huge blessing!
RRJ: What are some things in your daily occupation that reassure you that you are where God wants you to be?
LH: As Communications Director, I have some autonomy to plan and implement programs that will strengthen our organization internally and expand our reach externally. When I receive emails from co-workers and senior leadership praising some communications effort like an internal newsletter or advertising campaign that I’ve created, I know that God has used me providentially.
RRJ: For most of us, we find solace in our faith journey. How does your faith sustain you in continuing to dedicate yourself to your career, even when there are challenges ahead?
LH: I began my role as Communications Director for Palomar Insurance during a time of uncertainty in the community. Many people have struggled with the pandemic being quarantined at home and taking care of loved ones who may be sick. Knowing that we can have faith in times of crisis and uncertainty brings me great comfort. With God, all things are possible. It’s helpful to remember that our faith in God will sustain us no matter what challenges we face… because He is in control.
RRJ: For Christians who struggle to live their faith beyond the church walls, what encouragement would you give them?
LH: Being yourself in and out of the workplace is what the world needs right now. Having faith where you work is vital, as is a willingness to pray for a co-worker who might be struggling. You might be the only one in someone’s life who shows kindness, care, and concern for their needs. Let your light so shine before men that they see your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).
RRJ: At the brink of 2020, the world was drastically and unexpectedly affected by the Coronavirus crisis. However, we are moving in the right direction. But for people who are still having difficulty dealing with it, what are some tips of encouragement within the Christian faith?
LH: We have never walked in someone else’s shoes, nor can we know what another person is truly going through. There are people in our community who are at high risk due to health concerns, age, and other factors. What is okay for one person may not be for another. It’s essential, especially post-pandemic, that we continue to show compassion for one another, pray for one another, and find believers we trust to share our fears with and find help in our time of need.
RRJ: Being a believer in Christ, there are values that you live by in your personal life. What are values that you carry into your professional life?
LH: Dependability is a big one for me. Staying true to my word and demonstrating trustworthiness is vital in my professional life. Showing kindness, compassion, and being willing to listen to another person is characteristic of my work life. Realizing that everyone has value and expressing the same honor to the custodian and the chief executive is also what matters.
Jesus said to love one another as you love yourself, and that is one of the greatest commandments. A simple English word love is quite complex in the original Greek language – patience, kindness, humility, honoring others, forgiving, and much more. I don’t always exhibit these characteristics, and no one is perfect. However, striving to be more Christlike means a lot to me.
A sibling of five, Laura is originally from Troy, Alabama, and a graduate of Troy University. She has a 22-year-old daughter, Alecia Hicks. Laura has lived in Montgomery for 22 years and attends Gateway Baptist Church. In her spare time a trip to NW Florida beach, her happy place, is what she loves most. To enjoy live music there or anywhere is a close second. Laura has a very close-knit family, so holiday gatherings and special occasions are always memorable and some of her favorite moments.