Laura Hutfless has the longest list of accolades of anyone I know – just see her bio below. She’s the real deal, and yet she remains incredibly humble and down to earth. Despite her incredible accomplishments, Laura has remained true to her relentless commitment to give back and serve her community. We cover everything from building a company to being a woman in business, as well as the harsh realities of life and how hard experiences can still lead to joy.

Question Highlights:

  • What do you do?
  • What inspired you to set out on your own?
  • Can you talk about the intensity and difficulty of starting your own business?
  • Can you tell us about your role in addiction support?

You show up the way you want people to respond.

-Laura Hutfless


  • Finding your why and working in an aligned way
  • Starting a business for the right reasons
  • Making a mission part of your business
  • Finding beauty in the ashes
  • The power of saying yes


Laura Hutfless

Laura Hutfless is a Co-Founder of FlyteVu, a Nashville-based full-service entertainment marketing agency founded in 2015 that connects brands to consumers through compelling storytelling, unparalleled experiences, and the power of pop culture.   

Under Hutfless’s leadership, FlyteVu has been named to Chief Marketer’s 200 List for 2021, Inc. 5000’s 2021 and 2020 List of ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies in America’, Nashville Business Journal’s 2020 ‘Largest Advertising Agencies’ List, and Adweek’s 2021 and 2019 ‘100 Fastest Growing Agencies’ List. Hutfless has also helped build an impressive roster of clients including American Red Cross, Barefoot Wine, Bumble, Carter’s, Moët Hennessy, Cracker Barrel, Drybar, Enterprise, Journeys, Jack Daniel’s, Norwegian Cruise Line, Spotify, Tennessee Tourism, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Victoria’s Secret PINK, and many others. 

In 2020, FlyteVu launched the FlyteVu Fund to continue the company’s commitment to giving back and serving the community. Over the past five years, and including the Fund’s initial investment, FlyteVu has donated more than $850,000 to a wide range of certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

Recent notable FlyteVu campaigns include Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s ‘Gratitunes’ with Brad Paisley and 100+ artists and influencers, Enterprise’s “Share the Code. Hit the Road” with OneRepublic, Bumble’s “In Her Court” with Serena Williams, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple events with Kesha, Tayla Parx, and Saweetie, Cracker Barrel’s ‘Five Decades, One Voice’, an AR music experience for Barefoot Wine with Black Eyed Peas, and a multi-year partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and Kelly Clarkson.

FlyteVu is known for creating first-of-its-kind campaigns that give back to the community and/or help shape culture. FlyteVu’s campaigns have collectively earned multiple awards including three Gold, one silver, and three Bronze Clio Awards, Shorty Social Good Award, an Emmy Award, a GRAMMY Award, Davey Awards, and named to the Cannes Lions Shortlist.

Laura was named to Billboard’s ‘Country Power Players’ list 2017 through 2021 and to Billboard’s ‘Branding Power Player’ list 2018 and 2019. She was also named to Billboard’s ‘40 under 40 Power Player’ list in 2012 and 2013 and the ‘30 under 30’ list in 2010.  Additionally, Laura has been a featured speaker at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit and NextGen Summit, Advertising Week, Billboard Touring Conference, BizBash, Who Knew: Women Who Rock, and has been covered in Ad Age, Adweek, Billboard, Forbes, and more.  Laura currently serves on the Board of The Onsite Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that provides trauma-informed counseling and emotional health education that transforms individuals and communities, and served on the Country Music Association Board 2019-2020.

After experiencing the unexpected loss of a loved one due to substance abuse as a result of trauma, Laura’s philanthropic efforts focused on mental health, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and trauma. Together with The Onsite Foundation, Laura helped develop and launch a first-of-its-kind trauma-informed therapeutic program called “Triumph Over Tragedy” that provides tools, support, and a safe community for survivors of mass shootings to find hope and healing regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Laura has recently been elected President of the Board of Directors for The Onsite Foundation.


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