Laura Bilicic has had a lifelong interest in and love of the field of education. Laura co-founded The Gillen Brewer School in New York City in 1992 as a school for children with significant learning challenges. The school educates children with language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities, as well as emotional, developmental, learning and health-related disabilities. It provides services for children from all socio-economic backgrounds, actively engaging families in the educational process. From its founding in 1992 until 2003, Laura served as Head of Gillen Brewer. In 2003, with twin six-year olds and a two-year old at home, Laura decided to step down as Head of School. Laura assumed an active role as a Trustee, and she continues to be deeply involved to this day.
Laura is, or has been, involved in a number of educational and nonprofit organizations. This includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Culver Academies (2012-present), The Gillen Brewer School (1992-present), The Greenville Baker Boys & Girls Club (2012-2013; and the 2010 Annual Honoree), and The Green Vale School (2005-2013), where she also chaired the Annual Fund Committee (2006-2011) and Marketing and Admissions Committee (2011-2013).
Laura began her education career at the Parkside School in New York City, where she taught for six years before opening The Gillen Brewer School. She holds a master’s degree from George Washington University, a master’s degree in special education from Bank Street College and a bachelor’s degree from Denison University.
A Midwest native, Laura and her family moved to Chicago in 2013 when her husband George was named Head of U.S. Midwest Investment-Banking Business at Lazard Ltd., where he also serves as Global Head of Power, Energy & Infrastructure. They have four sons; William (16), Christopher (16), Henry (12) and Peter (7).