Adjunct Faculty, MA in Nonprofit Management
Laurie Dowling, President of The Dowling-Woo Company, is a consultant who works with non-profit organizations and for-profit enterprises on strategic issues including fundraising, executive search, strategic planning, management development, diversity, and board development. As a consultant she is Executive Director of the National Utilities Diversity Council, a national non-profit organization that conducts research and shares best practices to encourage diversity in the utilities, telecommunications and cable industries. She also is of counsel to Arts Consulting Group, one of North America’s leading providers of arts management consulting and executive search services.
For eight years Laurie was Executive Director of the Office of Executive Education Programs of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. At UCLA she was responsible for oversight of all aspects of one of the world’s top executive education programs, from corporate relationship management and sales to curriculum design and program operation — serving over 1,500 executives annually. At UCLA, one of Laurie’s most significant accomplishments was the development of the Leadership Suite of programs – the African American Leadership Institute, the Latino Leadership Institute, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Leadership Institute, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities — the only suite of its kind at a school of management in the world. For the Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities, Laurie was the program designer and faculty co-director. While at UCLA, Laurie served on the Board of Directors of the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON), the association for university based executive education worldwide.
Prior to joining UCLA Anderson in late 1999, Laurie was Development Director for Women’s Enterprise Development Corporation, designing curricula, raising funds, and overseeing Board development for this non-profit organization which provided entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and loan packaging for women and men to start their own businesses or make their existing enterprises more successful. A key event in Laurie’s experience has been her work as Development Director for the 1993 Los Angeles Festival, an international, intercultural, interdisciplinary arts festival that presented 600 artists over a 5-week period in 49 sites around Los Angeles for an audience of 750,000. Directed by opera director Peter Sellars, the Festival highlighted the arts of Africa and the Middle East and was a direct response to the 1992 civil unrest that rocked Los Angeles.
Laurie also has worked for Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson Theatre), the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Joyce Theater, the Juilliard School, PlayMakers Repertory Company, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. From 1994 – 1999 and again since June 2008, Laurie has run her own consulting business, providing strategic and business planning, fundraising, board development, community relations, and special event services for non-profit and governmental organizations and for-profit companies. Among her clients have been the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Swallow Hill Music Association, Antaeus Theatre Company, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, the Long Beach Opera, the Chinese American Museum, Folk Alliance International, Don Bosco Technical Institute, Westfield Group, Calstart, the La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, UCLA Performing Arts, the Angeles Girl Scout Council, and the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program.
Laurie is a member of the Board of Directors of Old Stories: New Lives (which supports the work of iconoclastic director Peter Sellars), and is a former Board member (and chairman) of Women’s Enterprise Development Corporation. She also has served on the Boards of ASCENT (an organization that supports career development of women of color) and the LA Modern Dance and Ballet Company, and has served on grant review panels for the City of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach. At WEDC, Laurie designed the curriculum for a ten-week course “The Business of Art and the Art of Business,” a business management program for non-profit arts organizations.
Laurie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, a graduate of the Executive Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a resident of Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. She is married to Michael Woo.