Laura Weisskopf Bleill is the Associate Director of the University of Illinois Research Park. She has been with Research Park in a variety of capacities since 2010. Bleill is responsible for expanding the Research Park's outreach to students on campus as well as building entrepreneurial resources and collaborating across campus with other entities. She is the co-PI on the AWARE entrepreneurship inclusion effort funded by the National Science Foundation.
An accidental entrepreneur, Bleill is the Mom-in-Chief of chambanamoms.com, an online magazine for Champaign-Urbana families. Laura was part of Central Illinois Business Magazine's Forty Under Forty class of 2014 and received a 2013 Difference Maker Award from the United Way of Champaign County. Bleill is on the board of the Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation and Visit Champaign County and volunteers with many local organizations. She has a master's and bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Champaign with her husband and three daughters.
Responsibilities: Oversees Research Park marketing, communications, events/programming, and EnterpriseWorks intern team. Serves as the evangelist of the Research Park and EnterpriseWorks incubator, meeting routinely with external stakeholders, prospective corporations and new entrepreneurs.