Laurie R. Glenn

Laurie R. Glenn 
Member since 2017

Laurie R. Glenn
Member since 2017

Laurie R. Glenn is Founder, President and CEO of Thinkinc., an international strategic public affairs and political consulting firm specializing in policy issues.

With more than 30 years of political consulting and public affairs experience, Ms. Glenn serves as a high-level advisor, working with leaders across the globe within nonprofits, coalitions, foundations, cultural institutions, government agencies, corporate businesses, and civic organizations to address key policy issues impacting a range of communities from the local to the international level. She advises clients on strategy, partnerships/alliances, coalition-building, communications and leadership development to enhance the both the power of individual leadership and institutions to make systemic change.

Through her art affiliations both in the United States and abroad, Ms. Glenn became passionate about establishing a forum for the exchange of art and ideas reminiscent of the Parisian salons. In 2003 she launched Th!nkArt, an international art and policy salon, featuring established and emerging artists from around the world. As Salon Director, Ms. Glenn envisioned a space that transcends the traditional art gallery experience, moving art from canvas to dialogue, creating a passionate forum to philosophize on issues and contemplate the fundamental role of art in the everyday life of humanity. The art and policy salon enlists a variety of mediums including: photography, painting, sculptures, slates, works on paper, music, film, theatre, poetry and cultural programming, to evoke deeper contemplation of topics and issues. Currently, the salon is virtual. Her most recent exhibition is online, The Chicago Angels Project.

An active community leader working for positive social change, Ms. Glenn’s has been involved in service initiatives and leadership at a variety of national and international organizations. In addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees of Adler University, she holds several community leadership roles, including: L'Association pour Favoriser I'Integration Professionnelle (Association for Promoting Professional Inclusion/AFIP), where she is a member of the Board of Directors; the Arts Committee of The Union League Club, where she is former chair of the Third Floor Gallery subcommittee; Public Narrative, where she is a current member of the Leadership Council; Paris Sister Cities Committee, where she is a member; the University of Illinois at Chicago's Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, where she is on the Personal PAC Board; and DePaul University’s Islamic World Studies, where she serves on the Program Board of Directors, as well as the DePaul University College of Communication Advisory Council. Ms. Glenn also served for seven years as chair of the Board of Directors for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest), where she worked alongside internationally recognized leaders in arts, film and music. She is currently a member of The Arts Club of Chicago and City Club of Chicago.