BOARD MEMBER

Laura Cornille-Cannady

MT. ZION, ILLINOIS
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, SECRETARY

Peace Alights Initiatives is a perfect match for Laura. While working full-time in her consulting business, Laura took care of her mother through two years of aggressive cancer treatments and surgeries. After losing her mother to this battle, Laura decided to leave her career to become a full-time caregiver for her father who had Alzheimer’s. As the oldest of eleven children, Laura had much support from her siblings and worked hard at focusing her father’s care on three main goals: dignity, safety, and respect. Laura felt fortunate to be able to live with her father and care for him until his final days in December 2020. These two experiences were life changing for Laura and has given her great insight and experience into what caregivers need and what they can do to keep themselves healthy, hopeful, and ready for the future.

Laura often said during these ten years of care-giving that her work experiences and business ownership prepared her for advocating, decision making, and problem solving of care-giving. While working as an Assistant Dean of students, Laura began her public speaking career. She became a well-traveled and much in demand speaker. She has provided training in a wide variety of settings including health care, government, social service, education, financial services, corporate, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, not-for-profit, and small business. Laura has also taught leadership and management in an Executive MBA program.

Laura left higher education to pursue a career in a corporate business setting. She worked as an employment specialist, training specialist and became the Corporate Training Manager for A.E. Staley/Tate and Lyle. For over 16 years, Laura owned her own training and consulting business, Learning Alliances Company and sold it January 2010. Currently, Laura works as a consultant to growing family-owned farms throughout the U.S. and Canada. In this role, Laura’s goal is to prepare family-owned farms for rapid and sustainable growth by developing strategic and business plans, designing their organization, preparing for Human Resource compliance, recruiting and training talent, as well as coaching the families on their family business concerns. 

Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Quincy College, Quincy, Illinois. She received a Master’s degree in Human Service Counseling from Illinois State University.

Laura is an active member of her profession and her community. She is an alumnus of the 1997 Leadership Illinois Class and has been a past President and Treasurer of the organization. In recognition of her outstanding professionalism, she received the “1996 Women of Excellence Business and Professional Award.” In the community, Laura is a leader in the fight against breast cancer and has served on the board of the United Way and has worked with the Education Coalition. Laura has worked for a number of years with S.C.O.R.E. as a consultant and counselor. She is the founder of a not-for-profit organization, Wear To Work, which provides clothing and services to women who are making the transition from welfare to work. She also has served on the Quincy University Board of Trustees. Currently, Laura volunteers at the local Community Foundation assisting them in streamlining their processes. Laura likes to spend her free time with her husband, traveling, working outdoors and reading.