Up Close With Erika Laws

Current job: Sales strategist and owner of Impactful Sales Solutions, executive director of Impactful People NW.

Proudest professional moment: Receiving a testimonial from one of my workshop students saying I helped increase their closing ratio by 100 percent!

First job: When I was 14, I worked at Van’s Drive in on Sandy Boulevard in Portland.

Fun fact: I run an amazing Impactful People’s networking group that regularly has 40-100 local business professionals connecting and helping each other grow!

Favorite spot on a Saturday night: ilani!!

Favorite movie: “Pride and Prejudice.”

Music of choice: Depends on my mood, mostly R&B.

Favorite place to eat: NOM NOM and Rose and Thorn.

Motto/Inspirational quote: “You only live once, so you may as well live a life you love!!” -Me

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Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start ClarkCountyToday.com.