Women of Excellence

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Laurie A. Stearn

Title: Senior VP, Agency Relations and Membership
Industry: Advertising
Type of Organization: Trade Association
Major Product/Service: Providing leadership, advocacy and training that empowers agencies to innovate, evolve and grow
Expertise: With over 27 years experience in the advertising and marketing industries, Ms. Stearn assists Central Region 4A's member agencies in getting the most from their 4A's membership. She recruits new members and helps association leaders in providing thought leadership to the marketing communications industry. She speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Geographic Area of Distribution: National
University/Degree: B.S., Business Administration, Marketing and Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.B.A., Indiana University, 1989
Born: August 11, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Hobbies/Sports: Travel, wine tasting, volunteering
Work History: Previously, Ms. Stearn served as Client Service Associate in the Leo Burnett Client Service Training Program in 1989. She was quickly promoted to a series of roles culminating as Vice President, Account Director. She left Leo Burnett in 1998. From 1998-2001 she was the Director of Internet Marketing, Marketing Strategy and Brand Management at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. She then became a Senior VP and Director of Intellectual Capital at Element 79 from 2002-2003, and a Senior Associate Director, Co-Director-Consumer Marketing Academy and Marketing Instructor at Indiana University Kelley School of Business from 2003-2005. Ms. Stearn served as a Senior VP, Management Director at Element 79 Partners from 2005-2006, and was a Principal/Consultant at Stearn Solutions from 2007-2009. She began working with the American Academy of Advertising Agencies in 2009 and was promoted to VP in 2014.
Honors & Awards: Taught; Top Consumer Marketing MBA Program as designated by the Wall Street Journal; Two Gold Effie Awards; Silver Effie Award
Career Accomplishments: Ms. Stearn is a Volunteer Docent at the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 2008, a volunteer docent on the CAF Architecture River Cruise which has been named one of the top 10 tours in the U.S. by Trip Advisor, and a volunteer for the Off The Street Club Holiday Luncheon since 2010.