- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford: MBA in Business
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: BA in Journalism
Certifications and Awards
- Certified Culinary Instructor
- Registered Therapy Dog Handler
Business and Manufacturing
Laurie holds an MBA in Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford. As a consultant for Fortune 500 multinational manufacturing companies, Laurie has written on shop floor operating concepts, high-tech industry products and contracts, employee relations, and corporate philanthropy. Her primary areas of interest are aerospace, defense, and energy.
Laurie keeps an eye on the financial industry as it relates to regular people. She has written extensively on self-directed IRA accounts as well as the relationship between retirement and college savings.
Social Media Marketing
Laurie also holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a pioneer in corporate social media usage, Laurie continues to follow the latest trends in how businesses can leverage social media for marketing and message delivery. She advises clients to take a disciplined and integrated approach to these valuable communications channels. She is the current Head of Corporate Communications at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.
Real Estate Trends
Laurie has been involved in the real estate business for more than ten years and writes about how people can make passive income from property. She is a strong proponent of using nontraditional ways to build lasting wealth with real estate and takes a particular interest in the vacation rental market.
As a certified culinary instructor, Laurie has enjoyed making great family dinners and teaching others how to cook. Specialties include showing 'tweens how to hone their culinary skills with healthy ingredients and assembling show-stopping cakes the easy way.
When she has spare time, Laurie enjoys writing about her hobbies almost as much as participating in them. She’s an award-winning gardener, certified culinary instructor, and registered therapy dog handler. She seeks the use of sustainable products and practices in all of these areas.