Laural Ziemba currently lives in Cecil Township with her husband Chad and daughter Leah. Laural is director of community relations at CONSOL Energy. In this position, she is responsible for the administration of the company’s community investment budget, managing the company’s major corporate sponsorships and facilitating operations support on a grassroots and employee level. Laural is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. While working full time, she earned a master’s degree in business administration from Waynesburg University. Laural currently serves on the boards of directors of the Boy Scouts of America Laurel Highlands Council, Community Foundation Greene County, the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.
As you are originally from Washington County, what is the one biggest change you have seen?
The biggest change I’ve seen is really more a recognition of how the county has evolved. I have very fond memories of growing up in Ellsworth, but we did have to drive 20-plus minutes to get most places. Now the county is exploding and I’m so proud! We’re blessed with abundant natural resources, an incredible workforce, insightful leadership and we’ve just scratched the surface. One thing that thankfully hasn’t changed is the courthouse. My mom has been an elected official in Washington County for almost 30 years. I remember her bringing me to work when I was very young and marveling at its grandeur. It’s such a majestic structure, and though modernized, still maintains that same stately elegance.
What career lesson did you learn from your first job?
Work hard. And when you think you’re working your hardest, work harder. – Joe Hardy. I don’t know if he actually verbalized it, but that was the culture.
A Renault Alliance that didn’t run in the rain. I could also lock and unlock it by putting my finger through the hole in the door where the lock was missing.
One little known, but interesting fact about CONSOL Energy?
There is a great story behind our acquisition of Dominion’s Exploration & Production assets in 2010. Back in the 1860s, the coal and natural gas assets in Western Pennsylvania were separated from the surface owner. J.D. Rockefeller traveled around and gathered up the oil and gas leases; Andrew Mellon traveled around and gathered up the coal leases. For over a hundred years these assets were separated. Earlier this year, when CONSOL acquired Dominion E&P, we were able to bring them back together.
Favorite TV show?
“Homeland.” When it’s on hiatus, “Dexter.”