The Laurie Moran Partnership Award is given jointly to a workforce development board and chamber of commerce that have formed a significant partnership to advance the workforce and economic development of their local region.
The Partnership Award is named in honor of Laurie Moran, who served on the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board from 2001 to 2016, and was President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce from 2002 until her passing. She was a member of the Board of the National Association of Workforce Boards from 2004 to 2015, serving as Chair from 2011 to 2013.
Laurie, who was much loved by both board members and staff of NAWB, passed away in June 2017, leaving a hole in the workforce development community, as well as in the communities of Danville and Pittsylvania County. Laurie’s professional life bridged the worlds of business and workforce, and focused on helping individuals seeking to advance their skills, their families, and their communities.
Laurie’s success stemmed from her deep sense of responsibility for the condition of her community, her high degree of integrity, and the empathy she felt for all of her community’s residents. Laurie built trust among organizations, and trust among individuals, providing opportunities for her community’s residents and businesses to participate in building their economy. On top of this trust she added diligence in promoting what works, courage and determination to change what didn’t, and the humility to listen and learn.
In memory of who Laurie was and what she accomplished, the National Association of Workforce Boards established the Laurie Moran Partnership Award to honor a workforce board and chamber of commerce that built the bridge that Laurie built in her community, and together promoted workforce and economic development in their community.