Laura Rodgers is a client relations manager for the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative and works with defense contractors throughout the state to help them diversify beyond the Department of Defense (DOD) space. Laura has over 20 years of experience in the defense industry as a cost account manager on the MX Missile and the Titan Missile programs at Lockheed-Martin in Denver, Colorado. She was also the business operations and compliance manager for a business unit in General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) in Western NC. While at GDIT, Laura developed, implemented and managed the compliance program for her business unit, which included compliance to ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, ITAR as well as company policies and procedures. She spent several years consulting for Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) Solutions Group to help prepare the company to enter the energy, infrastructure and disaster management industries in Zambia. Laura holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA from Oklahoma State University.