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2010/2011 Appearance Dates

Aim High Book Signing Dates

Laura’s current speaking dates:

* VAR- Virginia Association of Realtors Convention
October 1, 2010 Virginia Beach Convention Center 2nd Floor Room 3D at 11:00 am.

* October 7, 2010- San Diego, CA at The San Diego Oakes Boys & Girls Club, 5:00PM-6:30p.m. -2930 Marcy Avenue, San Diego

* October 9-10, 2010- The Latino book and Family Festival in LA.
Come see me at my booth #620

Los Angeles:
13th Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Festival
October 9-10 • Greenlee Plaza
California State University, Los Angeles

Virginia Beach Public Schools
October 21,2010 Cooke Elementary School
6:00-7:30 Students need to tell their stories.

Eastern Shore,VA-Keynote/Book signing
November 9,2010
Keller Williams Realty Maryland/DC Retreat

November 20, 2010
Virginia Beach Public School Reading Conference

March 31, 2011
Galveston Chamber of Commerce
Mind *Body *Spirit
Celebrating Women Conference
Featuring Elizabeth Gilbert Author of Eat, Pray and Love
To reserve your seat visit
Space is limited.

Aim High Book Awards for 2010 at the Book Expo New York City

Aim High Book just won 4 major book awards at the Book Expo held in New York City May 25, 2010

**2010 IPPY Awards** Independent Publishers Book Awards
Gold- Best Multicultural Juvinile/Teen/Young Adult Book

** 2010 14th Annual International Latino Book Awards**

1st Place- Best Gift Book
2nd Place- Best Cover Design
Honorable Mention- Mariposa Award for Best First Book

**2010 International Latino Book to Movies Awards**

2nd Place- Turning Book into a Documentary Award

Recent Press for the Aim High Book Tour

Click on a title below to view recent articles about “Aim High: Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic & Latina Women.”

1. Interview with me on FOX Business with Rebecca Gomez Diamond – 12/15/09

Click here to view the video.

2. My visit at Granger ISD in Taylor Daily Press – 12/14/09

Click here to read the article.

3. Book Review in The Austin Times – 1/14/10

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4. Austin News KXAN NBC – Article and Video Interview – 2/7/10

5. Laredo Morning Times Feature – 1/10/10

6. Round Rock ISD Community Bulletin – 2/10


Recent News:

Laura was recently presented with the opportunity to be featured on a Fox News National segment. She was interviewed by Kelly Wright on a segment called “Beyond the Dream” where she was featured as a successful minority businesswoman. Laura’s degree in Broadcast Design and Telecommunications prepared her for this kind of opportunity that came to fruition years after she graduated.


Watch the BEYOND THE DREAM video:

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Laura and her assistant Anna recently returned from a very successful business trip to the beautiful west coast where they were able to travel all over California. Their travels took them from San Francisco to San Diego and ultimately Los Angeles as they met with incredible women for the book project that Laura is working on.



What is Why Be Average?

Why Be Average is a consulting and coaching company founded by Laura Contreras-Rowe. This company is a concept that Laura developed to educate, motivate and challenge adults, young adults and minority children to aim high and reach their full potential. She uses her personal success to illustrate that with hope, ambition and believing in yourself, you can succeed. In today’s society, Laura believes many people have slipped into accepting a ‘good enough’ attitude when it comes to work, school and even play. In some cases this attitude has become the norm, and many think, ‘why should I bother?’ Laura refuses to settle for mediocrity; instead she looks at every day as a new beginning to reach for the top, do her best, and inspire those around her to do the same.


Why Be Average strives to build leaders and visionaries who will help strengthen families and create positive change in our local communities and cities worldwide. In strengthening our communities, we seek to build up our minority youth and young adults as we empower them with hope and inspiration to seek out excellence in their lives.
Furthermore, to inspire employees to take their jobs to a new level as they take ownership and become passionate about the roles that they play within an organization, as well as instilling hope and determination through personal, corporate, non-profit and real estate consulting.


To promote excellence, leadership, and community service by developing and implementing programs that inspire, educate, encourage, and empower extraordinary individuals to make a difference throughout their cities, communities and their countries.