Laurie has always been passionate about helping others, and after her personal six-year battle with bulimia and seeing so many women of all ages struggle with negative self-perception, body-image issues, eating issues and some degree of self-loathing -- she wanted to do something about it. BRIDGES Camp is the culmination of more than 10 years of work, research and experience. Laurie's mission is to help young women to love themselves, to realize their worth and then to pay-it-forward helping more girls realize the same! Laurie graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Resources with an emphasis on Adolescent Development and a minor in Psychology. She wrote her Honors thesis on the design of a prevention program for adolescent girls titled, "B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Building Relationships Involving the Development of Girls' Empowering Selves." Laurie was nominated and selected for The Phoenix Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award Class of 2009, which recognizes leaders who have made contributions to business, their communities and the quality of life in the Phoenix area.