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Lauri Harrison is a marketing adjunct at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education where she teaches the Introduction to marketing/marketing management course for the Business Certification Program. Harrison received her B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa before moving to the University of Colorado, where she completed her M.S. in marketing.
Harrison began her career in the strategic marketing group at US West (now Qwest), which was one of the seven Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC’s). She was promoted to new product development manager within the yellow pages division and was tasked to lead product development and marketing efforts for the Internet Yellow Pages product (now known as DexKnows.com). In 1995, Harrison was hired to launch MapQuest.com, which set the tone for her career to develop go-to-market strategies for start-up organizations.
For over fifteen years, Harrison has succeeded in driving highly profitable marketing and product development initiatives with a special focus on emerging technology products and services. She has a broad and diverse background encompassing marketing intelligence research and analysis, product development, marketing strategy, media relations, and sales. Harrison has been published in marketing magazines, industry specific trades and national business publications. In addition to working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, she has served as a marketing adjunct for Colorado State University. For nearly a decade, Harrison has also guest lectured at many Colorado colleges and universities including the University of Colorado (Denver and Boulder), Denver University, Metro State College, University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University (Fort Collins). She has also judged business plan competitions for the University of Colorado’s M.B.A. program, Colorado State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Keller Graduate School of Management.
The Denver Business Journal selected Harrison as one of the “Forty Under 40” in 2005 for outstanding leadership, entrepreneurship and community involvement. In 2012, she was named one of the Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine (her handle is @lharrison). Harrison has served as president of the American Marketing Association’s Colorado Chapter. In addition, she has received several Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Gold Pick Awards for National Media Relations Campaigns and Special Events. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Harrison has resided in Denver, Colorado for the past twenty years.