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WP+D January Networking Lunch with Laurie Marston

  • January 28, 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Chicago Cultural Center Café (bring your own lunch)
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Join WP+D for a networking brown bag on Wednesday, January 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to discuss professional development and career plans with January's featured guest, Laurie Marston, FAICP!  Laurie has over 16 years of experience working as a  planning consultant, teaming with a variety of firms on larger projects and doing smaller projects solo. She also worked for twenty-two years as a professional planner for several suburbs in the Chicago metro area.

Some examples of Laurie's experience and achievements include:

* Development the Citizen Planners training program; conducted over 45 training workshops to date around the state for Plan Commissions with APA-IL, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University

* Served as Wilmette, IL Director of Community Development; with consultant prepared a new zoning ordinance, also led the Plan Commission in creating the Downtown Plan which led to the revitalization of downtown

* Built consensus with an advisory group that created a plan for an expanded Wheeling, IL Park District’s Heritage Park now under construction; also built consensus for Glenview, IL Park District’s Wagner Farm that preserved a century old farm to educate the public about the environment and history

* APA-IL 2012 Chapter Distinguished Service Award for Plan Commission workshops

* 2011 Co-authored Adding Green to Urban Design: A City for Us and Future Generations for which ASLA gave the City of Chicago the Honor Award for Planning and Policy; the plan demonstrates how green urban design can work in other cities

* 2010 Distinguished Service Award from Ely (Chicago) Chapter of Lambda Alpha International for co-chairing the committee that produced The Plan of Chicago @100: 15 Views of Burnham’s Legacy for a New Century educating the public about how planning shaped Chicago and will create livable cities around the world

A planner with extensive community service, Laurie was a member of the citizen committee (2010-2014) that developed Highwood Comprehensive Plan and TOD Plan, and volunteered for the Evanston Plan Commission from 1987 to 1993, helping shape the plan that spurred downtown revitalization. In addition, Laurie served on the Board of Governors of Lambda Alpha International from 2010 to 2014, and on the Women in Planning and Development board from 1994 to 1997.

Join us January 28th to network and to hear more about Laurie's current work and career path. There will be a WP+D sign at the table where we will meet.

This is a members-only event limited to five participants. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches.

As with every WP+D Small Networking Lunch, registration will open at 1:00 p.m. the first day of the month during which the lunch will be held.  Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and typically fill up quickly.

Due to the popularity of these lunches, we ask that members register for no more than two consecutive lunches. If you have attended the past two lunches and are interested in attending this event, please e-mail us at wpdchicago@gmail.com asking to be put on the waitlist. If spaces become available or registration isn't full a week in advance, we will contact you.
consultant, teaming with a variety of planning firms on larger projects and doing smaller projects solo. I worked for twenty-two years as a professional planner for several suburbs in the Chicago metro area. Also I volunteered my time as a member of the Evanston Plan Commission.
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