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Laura Bleill - & University of Illinois Research Park

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Management Award

Laura Weisskopf Bleill is the Mom-in-Chief of and the Associate Director of the University of Illinois Research Park. (If it sounds crazy, that's because it is.) At Research Park, she works with early-stage tech entrepreneurs and corporate partners. At, she has built an independent media source for Champaign-Urbana. An avid volunteer, she sits on the boards of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and Visit Champaign County. Bleill has two degrees from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and spent the first half of her career as a sportswriter. She and her husband Tony are the proud parents of three girls.

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