Friday, April 12, 2024

Best of Women in Business 2024: Laurie George, Ph.D


Laurie George was the first female elected to the role of President and CEO of United Way of Palm Beach County in 2013. Known for her career-spanning history of nonprofit organization management, she is highly respected for her competency, collaboration and thoughtful ability to lead with kindness and inspiration. A strong business development professional, she is skilled in nonprofit organizations, program evaluation, volunteer management and public engagement. 

Across the footprint of Palm Beach County, from the Glades to Jupiter and down to the Boca Raton area, Dr. George studied what the needs were in those different pockets for necessities including, food, shelter, education and access to health care. 

“We are fortunate to have generous corporations and local companies who are committed to their social responsibility goals, so it’s really about what we see as the needs in the community, what it is that the company is looking to accomplish, and how we marry those together. We don’t provide a direct service. We’re more of the facilitator who finds the different nonprofit agencies that can facilitate the programs,” she explains. 

“After earning a Ph.D. focused on Child Development & Family Relationships from the University of Texas at Austin, I thought I would end up teaching at the university level, but once I saw what existed in the nonprofit community, I really fell in love with it,” says Dr. George, who describes her day-to-day responsibilities at United Way of Palm Beach County as an opportunity to live life with an absolute sense of purpose, making the world a better place. 


This post is part of the Best of Women in Business 2024 special advertising section from the March 2024 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe.

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