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12 Burning Questions with Laura O'Dell, CFA

Laura O'Dell, CFA

From hidden talents to what’s on her bucket list, get to know our health care analyst Laura O’Dell, CFA, through these 12 rapid-fire questions.

Q: Favorite thing about your career?
A: Continuous learning. Whether it’s a new company or industry or technology, I love researching new topics.

Q: What are you oddly good at?
A: Organization — I’m that person that gets my email inbox to zero messages.

Q: What part of your research coverage could you spend all day talking about?
A: COVID. I did my masters in immunology and, for better or worse, it’s not every day that you get to live through a pandemic.

Q: If you could master one instrument, which would it be?
A: I love music — I played the piano and was in the band in school. I always thought the guitar would be interesting to learn as it’s versatile and used in a variety of styles of music.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Hands down, Thanksgiving. What’s not to like about a holiday where you think about what you’re thankful for, spend time with loved ones and eat delicious food?

Q: Best career or work-related book you’ve read?
A: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. It has a powerful, positive message for us introverts.

Q: Name one thing on your bucket list.
A: Hiking the Inca Trail.

Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: I’d love to be on the board of a science-based company that I feel passionate about so that I could help shape the future of health care.

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Tea, please. Any kind will do, I like them all.

Q: Early bird or night owl?
A: Early bird — I like to get a jump on the news cycle.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to bake?
A: I used to bake all the classic desserts, but now I’m working on perfecting my vegan and gluten-free baking. It’s a challenge, but it’s yummy to eat all the practice attempts.

Q: What movie have you seen at least 20 times, but you will always be up for watching again?
A: “The Fifth Element.” I recently rewatched it — it’s still good but starting to feel a little dated.

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