As President, Laurie Wilder is responsible for the strategic leadership and day-to-day operations of Parker Executive Search.
Laurie has been with the firm for 21 years and is responsible for leading the development and delivery of successful recruiting strategies and best practices across the firm's core practice areas.
Laurie has been involved in all aspects of the search process and has successfully conducted over 1,000 leadership searches. Her experience spans across AAU public research universities, regional and state colleges, as well as private liberal arts institutions. She has recruited for leadership positions across all levels of higher education and collegiate athletics. Laurie has also actively worked on middle- and senior-level searches for a variety of corporate clients in the sales, marketing, material management, logistics, human resources, general management, operations, manufacturing, construction, and finance functions.
Laurie enjoys developing lasting relationships with her clients and feels a strong sense of ownership and responsibility for meeting their unique needs. The confidence that clients place in Parker Executive Search inspires her as President to never lose sight of the challenges and sense of purpose that drives the entire Parker Executive Search team.
Laurie is often an invited speaker to higher education associations and enjoys discussing the role of executive search in academic leadership recruitment. She is a past board member of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, which annually awards basketball’s Naismith Award. She also has been a speaker at the Executive Leadership Institute for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators and for the NCAA Champions Forum.
Laurie is driven by opportunities to give back to her community. She is an active volunteer for Atlanta based Feeding the Multitude. She plays a key role in the volunteer leadership of the Wesleyan Arts Alliance.
Laurie graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration and an emphasis in management. Before joining Parker Executive Search, she was vice president of corporate relocation for Harry Norman Realtors and worked in sales for ConAgra Corporation.
Laurie lives in Johns Creek, Ga., with her husband, Preston, and their children, Maguire and Holden. They are members of North Point Community Church.