Laura Connolly received her Ph.D. and master’s degree at Northwestern University. Her B.A. is from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dr. Connolly taught at Oregon State University before returning to her hometown of Greeley to serve on the Economics faculty at UNC from 2000 until her retirement in 2011. She came out of retirement in 2013 to work on entrepreneurial initiatives at UNC including the office of Innovation Development and Enterprise Advancement (IDEA) and Innovation@UNC.