Laurie Weidner is the CEO of Parent Education Partners, an educational consulting firm that works with colleges and universities to equip parents/families with culturally relevant resources and engagement solutions that support increased student retention, graduation rates, and success after college. Parent Education Partners uses research-based customized solutions to cultivate parents/families as educational partners. A fan of the Greek system, Laurie works with colleges and universities to better educate parents/family about the benefits of Greek life and how Greek life leadership and involvement can help position students for post-graduation success. She is the PR advisor to Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.
All told, Laurie brings more than 30 years of K-16 policy experience to her work with Greek organizations. Throughout her career, she has led parent/family education and engagement, strategic communications, governmental affairs and crisis communications. Prior to launching Parent Education Partners, Laurie served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs for the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor, the largest public four-year higher education system in the country. In addition to advancing the CSU’s policy priorities with stakeholders at state and federal levels, Laurie supported the system’s initiatives to increase access and opportunity for underrepresented students and was instrumental in broadening the visibility of Graduation Initiative 2025 – the CSU’s effort to increase four-year completion rates. Before holding that statewide role, she held Cabinet-level leadership positions with California’s third largest community college district, K-12 school districts, a regional education agency and the California School Boards Association.
She is the former executive editor of California Schools magazine and is published in industry journals including Thrust for Educational Leadership and The Journal of Public Relations.
Laurie has earned more than 40 international, national and statewide awards of excellence from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
She has been a featured speaker at national conferences, including the Governmental Affairs Conference for the American Association of State Colleges & Universities and NSPRA, as well as at statewide conferences such as the California Community College Association of Occupational Educators, Tennessee PTA, California PTA and the California School Boards Association.
In addition to her decades of professional experience, Laurie brings 10 years of personal experience to her work with Greek organizations as a community college and university parent.
She holds a bachelor’s in Communications and a master’s in political science (with an emphasis in education policy) from California State University, Fullerton. She also holds an international accreditation in public relations (APR) from PRSA, and certifications from FEMA in crisis communications planning and response.