MSOE welcomes Laura Schmidt as director of corporate relations
Laura Schmidt is the director of corporate relations at Milwaukee School of Engineering. In this newly created role, Schmidt will build and maintain comprehensive strategic relationships for the university while also exploring the ways in which MSOE faculty, staff and students can complement the needs of interested organizations.
Since its founding in 1903, MSOE has actively engaged business and industry leaders. These close and collaborative working relationships have continued throughout MSOE’s history and grown into a much broader relationship with our community. Partnerships inform the way in which MSOE educates and allows MSOE to play an active role in applied research and tech transfer initiatives that contribute to a strong economy in southeast Wisconsin. As part of MSOE’s strategic planning process, a need surfaced to create a central point of contact for educational, corporate and community organizations to engage with MSOE in support of its mission; that MSOE is the university of choice for those seeking an inclusive community of experiential learners driven to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow.
Schmidt’s career has centered on driving continuous improvement and organizational growth. As the strategic advisor to the superintendent of the School District of New Berlin, she led a transformational change in the way the district prepares students for post-secondary success and future employment. Prior to that, Schmidt was the executive director of the Elmbrook Education Foundation, where she helped refocus the brand of the organization and develop a long-term growth strategy to better serve the needs of the district. Schmidt’s career began with Northwestern Mutual, where she was a manager of field systems responsible for enterprise technology research and client systems projects for Northwestern Mutual’s nationwide field sales force.
Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Computer Systems, from UW-Whitewater and an MBA in Leadership Studies from Marquette University. She was awarded the 2018 STEMMY Award for her unparalleled commitment to promoting STEM awareness and improving the STEM competency of K-12 students. She serves as an advisory board member for the national AI4K12 initiative, co-leader of the talent pipeline committee for Advancing AI Wisconsin, steering committee member of the WI affiliate for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), and leads the education workgroup for the Milwaukee Tech Hub initiative.