Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Woman Lara Dodo. Working across different fields and industries has meant a lot of learning for Lara. One of the most important learnings has been how she has become very comfortable asking the right questions until she gets answers that make sense to her.
Lara Dodo, Chief Growth and Operating Officer for Newtopia
Lara Dodo is a dynamic leader who believes in the strength of the team, the power of authentic communication and the impact of positive energy on innovation. As chief growth and operating officer at Newtopia, she leads the company’s talented teams in creating products, services and experiences that delight clients and drive results.
Dodo, who joined Newtopia in 2017, has a strong track record of delivering exceptional results across multiple functions, including operations, product development, and sales and marketing. Her background includes roles as co-founder of Bedrock Affect, a Toronto-based branding and marketing firm; an independent operational and commercial consultant; CEO and strategic adviser to software entertainment company TimePlay; and chief operating officer and vice president of sales and operations at Cougar Software Inc. She also spent nearly 15 years in various roles, concluding as regional vice president, at international recruiting and placement firm Robert Half.
Dodo is actively involved in community and professional organizations. She serves as a mentor and adviser to the 613 Lab business accelerator and as a guest speaker and mentor for Aish International university programs and students. She has also been a member of the board of the Canadian chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners, chair of the board of directors of Women in Technology, a volunteer judge for Enactus Canada, and an inspirational speaker and volunteer for Chabad.
She received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa.
You can follow Lara on LinkedIn.