CEO Receives Business Award

The University of Missouri St. Louis this month honored St. Patrick Center CEO Laurie Phillips with a 2018 Salute to Business Achievement Award. The award, distributed April 26, 2018 at UMSL’s Millennium Student Center, recognizes outstanding UMSL Business alumni who have demonstrated personal and professional accomplishments to the university, their profession and/or their community. Four other alumni also received the award at this event.

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Congratulations, Laurie Phillips! (pictured here with husband Brad and sons Tommy, Danny and David.)

From the UMSL event web page:

Laurie Phillips is extremely dedicated to making a difference and helping people improve their lives through her chosen professions. With a BSBA in accounting from UMSL, plus a CPA and Master’s degrees in social work and business, she is the ideal blend of education, skills and talent for managing the large nonprofit St. Patrick Center in St. Louis. Laurie has led the St. Patrick Center as the Chief Executive Officer since 2015, guiding the agency through several important changes, most notably the organizational restructure into a Housing First model for ending homelessness, and the opening of Biddle Housing Opportunities Center emergency shelter with the City of St. Louis.

Laurie began her career after UMSL as a supervising senior auditor at KPMG LLP and then as a senior auditor for General American Life Insurance Company. While with Monsanto Company, where Laurie was the Finance Lead in various positions, she managed a team of professionals responsible for analysis for eight global support teams, with a total annual budget of $728 million expense and $70 million in capital. After working for 15 years in corporate finance, she decided to move to the non-profit sector.

Laurie sits on the boards of several community organizations, including UMSL’s Non-Profit Management and Leadership Program Advisory Board.