About

Dr. Laura Friesenborg

With 20 years of experience in higher education, Laura knows what it takes to help colleges and universities transform their organizations.

As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a doctorate in Organization Development, Laura helps her partners identify how they can innovate and stay competitive.

Laura’s experience includes serving as Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Chair of Organizational Leadership academic programs, Director of Online Learning, and Title III Project Director, among other roles. She has worked at both community colleges and universities.

Laura is passionate about equipping leaders to achieve their project goals, and her data-informed approach helps create change that lasts. Over the last six years, Laura has generated over $13 million in grant funding and has evaluated over $37 million in strategic projects for client colleges and universities.

Laura’s Certifications

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute

Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Society for Human Resource Management

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

HR Certification Institute – HRCI

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Dr. Laura Friesenborg is, by far, the best grant proposal developer I've ever worked with. She is highly organized, brilliant, and creative. Her experience and expertise in innovative program design, logic models, and evaluation is beneficial to any grant-writing effort.

Dr. Friesenborg makes complex data easy to understand. Through her phenomenal work, we have been awarded large-scale, multi-year competitive government grants.

Dr. Rita Ali, Vice President of Workforce and DiversityIllinois Central College

I have worked with Dr. Friesenborg for three years prior to her launching EduStrategy. Our College engaged EduStrategy to design and write our first major private foundation grant proposal. I am proud to say we were awarded just under a half million dollars for the proposal, which was focused on workforce equity. We were so pleased with this outcome that we reengaged EduStrategy to design an advanced manufacturing program across a four-college consortium for a state grant.

The other three college presidents and I could not say enough about the quality, strategy and collaboration that resulted from Dr. Friesenborg’s leadership and skill set. I would highly recommend EduStrategy to any college in need of support to bring their strategic plan to reality or to develop a major funding proposal.

Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, PresidentIllinois Central College

I was impressed with Dr. Friesenborg’s business acumen and would highly recommend her to any individual or organization in need of a top-notch educational consultant.

Dr. Jerry Corcoran, PresidentIllinois Valley Community College

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