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ms Q+A: Laura Lesher

Maggie Kearns Francis

November 18, 2019

Laura in 100 Words or Less

I graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. After working as a Highway Engineer for a consulting firm in Pittsburgh for five years, I had my first son and decided to stay home as a full-time mother. Thirteen years and three additional kids later, I decided to go back to engineering. I have been with ms consultants working part-time for almost four years. I appreciate the work/life balance ms allows. I enjoy attending my kids’ sporting events and activities, being involved in my church, volunteering at my kids’ schools and with TransportationYOU, running, vacationing at the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

The Speed Round

What was your first job?


Next item to cross off your bucket list?
Spending New Year’s Eve in Times Square


Best concert you’ve attended?
Rusted Root at Tussey Mountain


Planner or procrastinator?


What do you think the secret to a good life is?


Listener or talker?


If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?


Cook in or eat out?
We usually cook in but I enjoy eating out when we have the chance


Biggest pet peeve?
People not respecting my time


If you could live one day over again, which would you pick?
My wedding day


Farthest you’ve traveled from home?
Turks and Caicos


What is a hobby you always wanted to pick up, but never did?
Playing the violin


Sweet or salty?

Tell Us More

What sets ms apart from other engineering & architecture firms?
ms is small enough to care for their employees and clients on a personal level.


What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Learn for learning’s sake.


What would you go back and tell your 22 year old self?
Enjoy every minute. Have fun while you are young. Save as much as you can.


You’ve got one day in Pittsburgh. What do you do?
Ride the incline, take the T into the city for lunch, take a walk or bike ride along the rivers, and attend a sporting event.


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time? What’s that? I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching my kids’ sporting events and running.