Laura Begley Bloom is the founder of Begley Bloom Media, which works with travel and luxury lifestyle brands to provide content strategy that drives consumer engagement, business, and innovation. Clients include Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Holland America, Lincoln Motor Company, New York’s Time Warner Center, eBay, the Essentialist, and more. Laura also writes a popular travel column for Forbes and contributes to a number of media outlets, including Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and the New York Post. Laura recently made international headlines when she and her family were bumped off a Delta flight; her Forbes story about the experience went viral.
Prior to launching Begley Bloom Media, Laura was the editor-in-chief of Yahoo Travel, where she oversaw all aspects of the digital magazine. Laura used her skills as a leader, content producer, and change agent to transform Yahoo Travel into the world’s most-read travel magazine. In February 2016, the North American Travel Journalists Association awarded Yahoo Travel the gold medal for top online travel magazine, under her leadership.
Before joining Yahoo, Laura was the deputy editor of Travel + Leisure, where she led a team, oversaw the brand’s coverage of worldwide travel destinations across platforms, helped steer the creative direction, and launched a multi-platform content division that — in collaboration with the marketing and sales teams — drove innovation and revenue.
Laura has also been a travel editor at Condé Nast’s Brides magazine, a reporter at Money magazine, a stringer for The New York Times, and a contributor at Wallpaper magazine. She appears regularly on television, including Good Morning America and NBC Today, and has spoken at conferences hosted by the Harvard Business School, The New York Times, and the NYU Hospitality School.
Journalism is part of Laura’s heritage: Her great great grandfather was a Civil War correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. A graduate of Smith College with a degree in Economics and East Asian Studies, Laura has served on the Board of Directors for the Alumnae Association and continues to work with the school as an advisor to the Alumnae Quarterly.