Laurie McLeod

Former Vice President, Administration at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

Laurie McLeod

Laurie McLeod

Former Vice President, Administration at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

Biography

B.A. in Human Development, Boston College
M.B.A. in Marketing and in Organizational Behavior, Boston College

Laurie has been a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters network since mid 2002, when she worked as a consultant tasked with helping build the organizational infrastructure to support what would later become the newly merged Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA (BBBS SEPA) agency. Upon completion of the merger, Laurie actually joined the new organization in 2003 as its Director of Finance & Human Resources. Since that time her role has expanded to that of Chief Operating Officer; and she is charged with overseeing a division responsible for all support services including Facilities, Operations, Finance and Accounting, and Information Technology.

Laurie brings over twenty years of operational and financial expertise to BBBS SEPA. Her extensive experience in the corporate sector, including specific skills in managing multi-million dollar budgets, and in the implementation of performance-based metrics is an integral part of the commitment by BBBS SEPA to continually strive to improve the quality and success of the agency.

Laurie began her career working in the insurance and financial fields where she focused much of her training on customer service, financial and statistical reporting, and product development. Her functions at Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Company and Pershing, a BNY Mellon company included proprietary claims management system development and training; new product design; trading staff recruitment and development; and multi-year product line budgeting and forecasting.

Laurie then transitioned into the entertainment industry where, as an Assistant Vice President of Administration, she worked with a variety of support departments at Radio City Music Hall Productions. Her tasks included financial management of a $5 million expense and $3.5 million capital improvements budget; oversight of the Customer Service department; coordination of the "New Horizons" Rockette career transition program; and management of employee benefits and satisfaction survey initiatives. She also worked with the Security department and the City of New York on historic landmark safety provisions and criminal prevention.

Prior to joining BBBS SEPA, Laurie spent six years with a nationwide entrepreneurial investment services consulting group where, as Director of Finance and Human Resources for the Spectrem Group, Inc., she was responsible for the financial tracking and reporting of a $10 million budget. In addition, she had oversight of all Human Resources functions; facilities management; and development of technology services. Under her guidance, the organization realized 25-50% reductions in vendor contract fees; the implementation of online time tracking services and web-based product sales functionality; and effective operational transitions during merger and acquisition initiatives.

Since joining BBBS SEPA, Laurie and her team have worked diligently to provide high quality customer service to the agency, and to continue to deliver ever-improved support functionality at decreased costs. The financial tracking tools she and her team have developed have been identified by the national organization as effective templates to replicate and as such, Laurie has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to help train and educate other network members on best practices associated with financial tracking and reporting, policy development and implementation, and grant management.

Laurie is committed to the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and believes that strong support and effective administrative services are required in order to help provide staff with the tools necessary to deliver the agency’s highly successful mentoring service and ultimately, provide a Big Brother or Big Sister to every child within the region who wants or needs one.

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Laurie McLeod
Former Vice President, Administration at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania
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For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

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