Laurie E. Schmidt, M.A.

Organizational Change Consultant

Guiding Change That Matters


Laurie is an expert in the tools and processes of individual and organizational change. As an Executive Coach, Laurie coaches newly hired or promoted leaders on how to make successful transitions, coaches teams at the top get aligned around a new strategy, goals or values, and helps high-potential leaders prepare for their next roles. Focus areas include leadership impact, executive presence, and engagement. Laurie helps leaders be more influential, think more strategically, and strengthen their relationships. She also helps build skills in inspiring, motivating, and coaching for high performance.

“My work with clients is always focused on well-defined results. Clients appreciate that my coaching style is candid and direct. I use in-the-moment observations, practical models and tools, and a good sense of humor to help leaders upgrade their skills, change their mindsets, and bring their best selves to leading.”

Laurie is a founding partner with The Collabrium LLC, a firm that specializes in leadership and organization development. Prior to this, she was a Vice President at Cincinnatus, a strategic leadership firm. She has eight years of internal corporate experience in management positions in management development and organization development with The Pillsbury Company and Honeywell. She has also designed, facilitated, and served as a feedback coach in executive development programs for Fortune 100 clients through Duke Corporate Education, where she has been a member of the Global Learning Resource Network.

3M, Novartis, Genentech, Target, Cargill, Tennant Company, Wells Fargo, Boston Scientific, United Health Group, RBC Wealth Management, Deloitte Consulting, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Minnesota Judicial Branch, and Minneapolis Urban League.

Laurie has an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois. She has formal certifications to administer VOICES, the Leadership Versatility Index, and the PROFILOR. She has extensive experience interpreting various psychological assessments. She studied the practice of Dialogue at MIT Sloan School, and is currently becoming certified in Conversational Intelligence with Judith Glaser.