AJ Lauer, Ed.D.
Dr. AJ Lauer (she/her) is the owner and primary facilitator at Thriving Ibis Leadership Solutions.
She is a leadership and diversity educator specializing in the development of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals. She has two decades of experience working in higher education and nonprofit research where she has held diverse professional roles, including running a residence hall, leading an educational exhibit design project, and coaching and training C-suite staff.
She is passionate about improving the work lives of STEM staff and contributes to these efforts at national and international levels. Dr. Lauer is listed in the pilot database of IDEA practitioners for the Astrophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate for NASA, is a co-author on various publications about improving diversity in STEM including the 500 Women Scientists Guide to Creating Inclusive Scientific Conferences, and served as Inclusivity Chair for the 2021 International Supercomputing Conference (SC21). Check out our resources page for a list of talks and papers created by Dr. Lauer.
AJ holds a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, Masters in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University, and Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Outside of the working world, you can find AJ playing with her two young children and husband, working in her garden, or reading a novel.
"THE IMPORTANT THING IS HAVING THE SUPPORT TO BALANCE WORK AND HOME IN A WAY THAT MINIMIZES STRESS AND MAXIMIZES JOY."
- Dr. AJ Lauer
When we need additional facilitators or coaches, we are happy to frequently work with these excellent folks:
With over two decades of dedicated expertise in creating and facilitating training programs, Jenn Mazzotta stands as a seasoned professional in the realm of education and professional development. A passionate advocate for continuous learning, Jenn has honed a unique skill set that blends creativity, strategic thinking, and a deep understanding of adult learning principles. Ms. Mazzotta's training portfolio spans a wide array of subjects, ranging from leadership and communication skills to technical and industry-specific knowledge.
With extensive director-level experience spanning 15 years at public, private, and non-profit institutions, Meghan passions include partnership development in diverse and challenging contexts, and strategizing how to integrate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in day-to-day operations and workplace culture. They are passionate about serving first-generation, low-income, queer, and BIPOC learners to find success in their educational and career goals.
Shantel Martinez, PhD
Shantel is a proud first-generation woman of color who is an experienced DEI leader with a demonstrated history of community-centered and inclusive strategic planning to address systemic inequities. Utilizing emotional intelligence, innovative research, and collaboration, she has a knack for building bridges across unlikely accomplices in order to meet changing demands, while being proactive with tackling DEI issues.