Laurie Stewart, CSP, Director of L.A. Stewart Presentations, is a nationally known public speaker and consultant. Her areas of expertise are leadership, respect, school climate, and human relations improvement. Laurie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts & Sciences in 1984. Since graduation, Laurie has established herself as a highly successful motivational speaker with a national reputation. Her primary areas of focus are youth, education, and school/community climate. Laurie presents keynote addresses and conducts workshops for conferences, conventions, retreats, rallies, leadership forums, and gifted and talented programs. She also does in-depth student council and student leadership training, conducts staff development programs, facilitates parent talks, and makes church youth group presentations. In 1992, Laurie received the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association. The CSP is a designation of professional achievement through proven speaking experience. She was named the youngest speaker in 14 countries and in the history of the National Speakers Association to receive this honor. Less than 7 percent of the 5,000 speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers hold this professional designation. Laurie has authored a book and audio-tape cassette program entitled The Winning School: The Team Approach to Healthy School Climate. She is currently a member of the National Speakers Association and the Professional Speaking Association of Michigan. Laurie lives in Kalamazoo with her husband, Jeff, her golden retriever, Annie, and Maxi, a spaniel and beagle mix.