Current Alumnae Spotlight
Alumnae Spotlight is a blog that showcases amazing Laurel women and the paths they have charted since graduation.
Whether entrepreneurs, doctors, scientists, teachers, designers, artists, engineers, authors, lawyers, pharmacists, civic activists or volunteers, Laurel women inhabit nearly all careers and corners of the world helping to make it a better place.
Our alumnae and the journeys that they have taken speak to the essence of a Laurel education and what makes this School and the community of women who call it their own distinctive. This space highlights their fascinating lives and the mountains they continue to move.
If you would like to be featured in our Alumnae Spotlight, or know of an alumna who might, please email Megan Findling.
Lila Jezierski Mills ’92 credits her Laurel teachers with inspiring her love of writing and literature and for supporting her in becoming a first-generation college graduate. After completing her undergraduate education and earning a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, Lila returned to Cleveland to use journalism to tell the stories that weren’t being told. She launched Cleveland Documenters, training Clevelanders to document local government committee meetings, as she believes there “is much to be gained when more people commit acts of journalism and when we democratize the practice of journalism.” Lila has recently been named Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio Local News Initiative, a new nonprofit newsroomthat aims to flip traditional news on its head by taking its cues on stories to cover from the community, instead of a small group of editors. Read on to find out about this fascinating new model and the importance of supporting community and nonprofit media.