Laurel Helps Changemakers Find Their Voice
Laurel O’Sullivan, J.D. is the founder of the Advocacy Collaborative, a leadership coach and advocacy expert. Laurel supports leaders to reach their full potential by becoming advocates for themselves and their organizations. Laurel’s unique brand of leadership coaching and training focuses on empowering women to connect to their voice and awaken their inner Warrior.
Her earliest experience in advocacy came while growing up with three older brothers and a mom who wanted a go-along get-along girl. At her core that’s not who Laurel was and remains. She is curious and committed to helping individuals and organizations find their truths and translate that into action in the world, even if it means rocking the boat. Her early experience finding and asserting her own voice propelled her to law school and nearly two decades of advocating for and helping nonprofits leverage their influence.
She spent the first half of her career as a lawyer enforcing clean water protections for communities around the Great Lakes and nationally while working for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, NRDC and the firm of Terris, Pravlik and Millian LLC. She later boosted funding by 250% and created an advocacy platform for Illinois social service nonprofits and foundations as Vice President of Policy at Forefront, an association of foundations and nonprofits.
Since founding the Advocacy Collaborative in 2013 Laurel has coached, trained and spoken to hundreds about how to use their unique leadership voice to transform their mission and their world. In addition, she is the Creator of Amplify Your Impact, a 6 month program for changemakers who want to elevate their voice and their influence in their organization and in the world. Whether she is supporting individual women to elevate their voice for greater influence, training nonprofit leaders how to become better advocates, or speaking to an audience about using their voice to create change in the world, Laurel is known for her energizing and inspiring blend of soul and pragmatism that compels participants to move past their fears and embrace change .
Laurel lives in Evanston, Il with her husband Tim and their blended family of 5 kids and dog Blue. In her free time she likes to do Crossfit, swim and run along the shores of Lake Michigan and hike wherever in the world her travels may take her. Laurel is a member of the Policy Committee for the Northshore YWCA and is a past appointee to the Social Service Advisory Council, for the Illinois Department of Human Services. She has a B.A., honors from Northwestern and a J.D., honors, from Chicago Kent – IIT College of Law.