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Ms. Lasky is an experienced nonprofit professional who has a strong background in education and mentoring.

 

She is passionate about social justice, compassion, and equal access to education.

 

 

 

Lorena Lasky  

Lorena Lasky

Lorena Lasky is the Chief Engagement Officer at the International Center for Compassionate Organizations. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she has served as a non-profit consultant specializing in organizational development and grant writing.

She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and spent two years in a rural farming community in Paraguay. In addition to learning to speak Spanish and build her own latrine, she completed several projects including winning a grant to build a health post, enabling her community to secure access to medical services. She remains active today in the Returned Volunteers Association of Kentucky.

Following her Peace Corps service, Ms. Lasky served as a teacher and tutor where she mentored and encouraged youth and adults as the worked to achieve academic and personal success. She has also worked as a workforce development leader, running programs for Jefferson County Public Schools Adult Education and the Kentucky Career Centers (Louisville, Kentucky) where she specialized in assisting young adults to make career choices, find employment and transition to higher education.

As the director of the Kentucky Youth Career Center in Louisville, Ms. Lasky worked with hundreds of youth ages 16 to 21 who had dropped out of high school or had graduated but needed guidance on how to take the next step in their career. She was committed to ensuring the youth program had the resources and community partnerships necessary to connect young adults to mentors and support services so they could realize their goals.

Ms. Lasky also designed and implemented a summer jobs program serving high school, college and out-of-school youth, ultimately helping over 2,000 young people obtain meaningful summer employment. Under Ms. Lasky’s leadership, the Youth Career Center received both state and national recognition, and expanded to add a new program specialized in helping youth in the juvenile justice system.

A graduate of University of North Texas, Ms. Lasky received a BBA with a specialty in Operations Management and a MEd in Counseling and Student Services. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.

During graduate school, she worked for the Department of Housing & Residence Life as a residence hall director and student services specialist for five years during which she was awarded Most Valuable Staff Member twice, Outstanding Mentor and Most Supportive Hall Director.

Ms. Lasky has two daughters, Sofia and Hannah, and a dog and two cats. Lasky has been an active volunteer in Louisville having served on community boards and often speaking at local schools about job readiness and Peace Corps/international service. She is passionate about social justice, compassion, and equal access to education. Her personal life mission is to help other people recognize their personal strengths and ultimately realize their ability to achieve greatness.

 

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