Laurie Lane-Zucker is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, LLC, an impact economy business that includes the Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation; the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 21,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars; and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions.
For nearly 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company to complete a transaction on a designated impact investment platform.
Laurie is the bestselling and award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, having published, edited and written the introductions for works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan. He is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing, and is the co-founder of the Place-Based Education movement, having coined the term (with Dr. John Elder) and published, edited and written the foreword for the first book on that growing pedagogy. Laurie has organized over 80 conferences in his career, including programs with Harvard, Yale, Bowdoin, Grinnell, Emory, U of Washington and a several dozen other universities. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Vermont's Top-Ranked Sustainable Innovation MBA program. Laurie did his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College and the University of Edinburgh, and his graduate work at Columbia University and the Bread Loaf School of English.