As IU’s 18th First Lady, Laurie champions the philanthropic spirit among IU’s alumni with a particular focus on the growing importance of women’s philanthropy. Laurie is a founder of the Women’s Philanthropy Council at the Indiana University Foundation and serves as its honorary chair. In 2012, she was named Woman of the Year by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Laurie brings broad experience with research universities to her role. A technologist in higher education for more than 25 years, she served in numerous management and executive positions at the University of Michigan and as an executive director with Internet2. Laurie holds an adjunct faculty position in IU’s School of Informatics and Computing, where she helped found the ServeIT service learning clinic. More recently, Laurie played a crucial role in the establishment of the new Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT) at IUB, which seeks to create, foster, and improve academic and professional opportunities for women students, faculty and staff working in or with technology.
IU’s first lady serves on numerous boards both locally and nationally, including the community advisory board for Bloomington’s Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, and is chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Partners Group. Laurie is currently enrolled in the Executive MA Program in Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI.