Aaron Francis has a new video out named "PHP is the future" that goes through Laravel and covers a lot of the highlights of the framework.
I've been using Laravel since, well, forever, and it's easy to forget what you get free just by using the framework. Aaron did a fantastic job going through some of the big features, explaining what they do, and comparing them to what one might find in the JS ecosystem.
If someone asks you, "Why Laravel?", send them this video.