“I deeply admire the whole-life, multi-generational and multi-service strategy of New Moms. As a mother who has received unconditional support from my own family and community, I feel drawn to volunteer and create support for moms who may not have been as fortunate in their personal maternal journey. I am interested in serving on the board to both contribute my skills as a nonprofit executive, as well as to grow in my capacity and understanding of the needs and challenges facing this next generation of mothers in our city.”
Favorite Quote: “Be good, sweet child, and let who will be clever; Do noble things, not dream them, all day long: And so make life, death, and that vast forever. One grand, sweet song.” – Charles Kingsley
“My Memaw, who was a high school English teacher, used to quote this to all her grandchildren and students. When she passed away in 2016, and we were going through her things, I found a clipping with this quote in her wallet along with several other wonderful quotes and a photo of my grandpa, Boze. She lived her life as “one grand, sweet song”, and I aspire to do the same.”
Lori’s professional experience and work background can be summed up as diving in headfirst, taking opportunity by the reigns, and having impeccable (lucky) timing. 19 years ago, she began her professional career as a high school theater teacher. After two years, as a 24-year-old, she decided it was time to follow her dreams and head to Chicago to pursue a career working behind the scenes in live theater. She spent her first 6 ½ years in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company starting out as an apprentice and ending her time with the company as Director of Events Management.
In 2011, she joined the team at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance as Director of Operations. 10 years plus 4 titles later, she now serve as acting President and CEO. As CEO of the Harris Theater, she is deeply committed to creating meaningful connections between artists and communities through shared live experiences – telling stories, creating empathy, sharing joy, and enhancing our collective memory.
Lori has her BA in Theater and M.Ed in Secondary Education from Drury University in Springfield, MO. She was also a 2019 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow at the University of Chicago.
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