Laurie Jennings Live | December , 2023 | Representing our Community
March Mentoring


Did you have a mentor who helped shape your career? A young TV reporter turned communications executive recently thanked me for making a difference as her mentor almost 20 years ago, and I realized I never had any female mentors as I climbed the ladder in TV news. It was truly sink or swim with occasional advice from a consultant or an experienced photographer on the scene. Here's to helping others in your profession - no matter their age - but especially the younger generation who can learn so much from your years of experience - the highs, the lows, and everything in between!

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President's Volunteer
Service Award


No matter your politics, it's pretty special to receive a signed letter from the President of the United States - along with a pin and medal with the Presidential seal. It's awarded around the country in Gold, Silver and Bronze for consistent and authentic service to others. I got to award this honor to 10 deserving student volunteers who are connected to Joshua's Heart Foundation - including my twins who received their second Gold President's Award for serving at least 250 hours in a year's time. I can't recommend highly enough getting your kids involved by middle school in some form of community service. Make it a family affair, get up early on a weekend morning with your kids to show them the way, and they'll be hooked once they see the impact they make helping others and bringing a smile.
Photos of Laurie Jennings receiving Presidential Volunteers Service Award

"Communication skills are the first area I would work on to enhance your value throughout life."

Warren Buffet

Composure on Camera


I've often heard that FIU teaches a course on how to stay composed while on air and uses clips of my reporting and anchoring as an example - what a nice compliment! So I decided to visit the Caplin School of Journalism on FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus, and what an impressive program they're running. Dean Schriner has visited my alma mater, Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, and other prominent graduate programs to help FIU frame its undergrad and grad programs. From everything I saw firsthand, it's paying off! The students were so receptive as we talked about improving on-air presence and energy, connecting with your audience, making a resume reel that shines, and negotiating contracts. Keep up the great work, Panthers. Find the emotion in every story, and I'll be back soon with more feedback!
Photos of Laurie Jennings giving advice to FIU School of Journalism
Influential Business Women

Photos of Laurie Jennings working with SFBJ photographer

What an honor to be among 25 Influential Business Women being celebrated this month by the South Florida Business Journal and its 34,000 weekly edition readers across Miami-Dade, Broward & Monroe Counties. The 2024 honorees were chosen for their leadership, performance and innovation in their industry, plus meaningful community involvement.

We'll be sharing our "pearls of wisdom" at an awards luncheon at Gulfstream Park on March 15th, so come join us and get inspired!

LJLive in Action
Laurie Jennings and her husband
39th Annual
Red Cross Ball

Saturday, March 2nd
at JW Marriott Marquis Miami


Laurie Jennings at previous Vizcaya Hat Luncheon
Vizcaya Preservation
"Hat" Luncheon

Tuesday, March 5th
at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens


Laurie Jennings honored
SFBJ Influential
Business Women
Awards Luncheon

Friday, March 15th
at Gulfstream Park


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