Laurie has a passion for reaching out to people experiencing, or who have experienced, extraordinary adversity and tragedy. Her mission is to encourage people to seek God and to have hope even within the worst circumstances in life.
She has traveled a road of tremendous adversity, including: the death of her husband, the death of her six year old son and domestic abuse.
Laurie is the Founder and CEO of Crossroads Journeys, a faith based non-profit which ministers to the needs of parents who have experienced the death of their child(ren). Crossroads provides parents with a community which provides ongoing emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical support for parents going through the most difficult of journeys, the death of their child(ren), utilizing approaches tailored to the specific needs of the individual and the difficult journey they find themselves traveling.
Laurie is the Managing Director of The Institute for Global Healthcare Missions, which raises funds and works with international partners to increase the capacity, of mission hospitals in Africa and Asia, to train their national physicians and surgeons.
Previous to her position with the Institute she was Vice President of Development with MedSend, a Christian non-profit which issues grants to enable healthcare professionals to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. MedSend also provides scholarships to indigenous doctors, in Africa and Asia, to complete training to become Christian family physicians and surgeons within their own countries.
Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Laurie was a Private Banking Manager both domestically and internationally. She held positions at EF Hutton, Bank of America and Coutts & Co. She was in banking and finance for some 20 years, including 10 years as a banker in London. Her career was focused on wealth management.
She is also a published author, having published the book The List: Experiencing God in Extraordinary Adversity
Laurie has a BA in Economics and a BA in Business Administration from Cal State University, a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from City University in London and a Master’s degree in Christian Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
The List: Experiencing God in Extraordinary Adveristy
The List is a book about Laurie's journey through extraordinary adversity and suffering, yet finding the gifts within and finding hope and answers. Readers will be inspired to find answers, for their own journeys through difficult times.
Laurie speaks at conferences, churches and other organizational events as a keynote and/or workshop presenter. Her talks range from 30 minute sessions to 90 minute keynotes.
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Laurie's presentations are excellent for banquets, conferences, retreats, and workshops
Each topic is approximately 50-60 minutes and several can be woven together for workshops
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