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. Most recently, Laurie has played a crucial role in the development of the new Indiana University Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT), which facilitates professional opportunities for women students, faculty, staff, and community members working in or with technology.
IU’s first lady holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the IU School of Informatics and Computing and serves on numerous boards, including the board of Middle Way House, which is a national model program addressing domestic violence. She is currently enrolled in the Executive MA Program in Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI.