Giving Back - The Laurie Mitchell Difference
Laurie Mitchell, CPC, founded Laurie Mitchell & Company, Inc., Marketing & Communications Executive Search, in 1991. She began her career in Executive Search in 1984 at Marvel Consultants where she consistently placed more candidates each year than the search firm's other 15 search consultants. Ninety-five percent of her Marvel clients followed her to the new company. In 1988, she passed the rigorous exam of The National Association of Personnel Consultants to attain the coveted designation of Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC).
Over the last 34 years, Laurie has placed 1500+ Traditional, Digital, Social Media, Mobile and Integrated Marketing and Communications professionals at Advertising/Public Relations/Interactive/Web/Marketing Agencies and scores of large & small, public & private companies, healthcare systems and professional services firms throughout the Ohio region and beyond.
Candidates placed by Laurie who then need to staff their own departments invariably return to her as clients. Her acumen in assessing candidate qualifications and her keen understanding of the nuances of individual corporate cultures combined with impeccable ethics make her an uncommonly productive matchmaker. Her noteworthy dedication to both her clients and her candidates has endeared her to many.
Laurie holds a BA/International Relations Magna cum Laude from The School of International Service at American University, and an MA/International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. She served two full-time semester-long internships at the US Department of State.
Upon receiving her Master's degree, Laurie moved to Israel where she supported the Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Jerusalem in Public Relations and Diaspora Relations, and wrote for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. She also served as Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Ben-Gurion University, and worked for a prominent Tel Aviv Advertising Agency in account services, all the while stringing for newspapers in Great Britain and the United States.
In 1982, Laurie returned to her hometown of Cleveland and was hired by a local advertising agency where she pitched, landed and handled the Marvel Consultants account. She also threw herself into significant volunteer work for both the American Advertising Federation/Cleveland and the Cleveland chapter of Public Relations Society of America, chairing many committees and fundraisers.
During her ten years on the AAF/Cleveland board, she founded both its minority outreach and scholarship programs, and later served four years as the President of the AAF's 501(c)3 Education Foundation, raising nearly $100,000.00 in scholarships for Ohio students. The Laurie Mitchell Advertising Scholarship is awarded to a college student who excels academically and demonstrates stellar writing skills.
Over the years, Laurie has been in heavy demand as a public speaker on Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations careers and “Managing Up and Other Hard Truths for Gen Y’ers”. Her scores of presentations to the AAF, PRSA, IABC, AMA, The Press Club, The Web Association and to college classes throughout the Midwest, and her unparalleled accessibility to candidates have made her a local household name. She has personally coached thousands of individuals on how to write compelling résumés which open doors and facilitate interview agendas. Trade publications and the business press quote her frequently on a wide range of work place issues.
Those who have worked with Laurie know that she is never too busy to stop and discuss their career aspirations. Her personal caring and hands-on approach distinguish her from all competitors, and garner respect from hiring influences. And, this veteran executive recruiter quietly underwrites professional programs that advance the skills of high potential young marketing and communications talent.
Laurie's intimate knowledge of the Ohio market, its candidates and companies
led Crain's Cleveland Business to call her “...the ultimate insider of the
Cleveland marketing community.” And, that was in 1991!
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