Laura Purfeerst Awarded CFO of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Laura Purfeerst, Chief Financial Officer at Lifeworks Services, Inc., has been named a CFO of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The award acknowledges outstanding financial executives in the Twin Cities each year.

“Laura is an integral member of the Lifeworks team, and has been for nearly three decades,” said Gertrude Matemba-Mutasa, President and CEO of Lifeworks. “Under Laura’s leadership, Lifeworks financial well-being has strengthened, and we are positioned for innovative growth. We are proud that Laura is being recognized for her extraordinary contributions to Lifeworks and our mission.”

Laura joined Lifeworks in 1995 as a Payroll Specialist. With her combined experience, leadership, and education, Laura moved up within the finance department, eventually becoming the Accounting Manager and Director of Accounting. In 2009, Laura was promoted to the Vice President of Finance, and in March 2022, Laura was promoted to her current position of Chief Financial Officer.

Laura is a respected leader, collaborating with each department to help them develop and understand metrics to support their work and the organization’s financial state. Laura is passionate about Lifeworks’ mission to partner with people with disabilities and is a strong advocate for building more inclusive communities.

The 2022 CFO of the Year luncheon and awards program will be held on Thursday, November 10, and profiled in a special section in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s November issue. For more information, visit:


About Lifeworks Services, Inc.
Since 1965, Lifeworks Services Inc. has been a champion for inclusion. Lifeworks partners with people with disabilities to drive change by increasing opportunity and access in the community. As an industry leader, Lifeworks continues our commitment to self-determined support, careers with competitive wages, and developing innovative opportunities that enhance everyday lives. Through services that provide choice and foster community – as well as through partnerships with over 400 businesses – Lifeworks serves more than 3,000 Minnesotans with disabilities and their families annually.