Laura Bleill

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Laura Bleill Associate Director
Email Address: 
lwbleill@illinois.edu
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Laura Weisskopf Bleill, Associate Director of the University of Illinois Research Park, has been with Research Park in a variety of capacities since 2010. Bleill is responsible for managing the community building portfolio of the Research Park. She develops strategy behind the Research Park's events and programming, leads all communications, branding and marketing efforts, and manages the Research Park's efforts to grow and retain its workforce. She also works across campus with various entrepreneurship partners.  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. In 2017 she was honored by the Champaign County Innovation Celebration with its Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award. 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. 

Interested in getting to know Laura Bleill more? Visit this link to hear her talk more about her experience at Research Park and with ChambanaMoms

Phone Number: 
(217) 244-7744
Position: 
Associate Director