Laura Tierney - Founder and Director of The Social Institute
Laura Tierney is the Founder and CEO of The Social Institute, empowering students and their role models to navigate social media and technology in positive, high character ways. Within two years, her team’s unique gamified social media curriculum, co-created with over 50,000 students at 60 schools nationwide, has been touted as the gold standard in the country. Their positive, student-led approach has been applauded by Melinda Gates on Twitter and featured by The Washington Post, NPR, and USA Today.
Laura is an unshakable optimist and competitive athlete at heart. A graduate of Duke University, she became a 4x Duke All-American, 2-time team captain, and Duke Athlete of the Decade for field hockey. Today, Laura plays on behalf of students to equip them with skills and values that embody their daily digital needs. Through her work and passion, students now have the chance to win at the world’s largest game: social media.
The Social Institute was created to empower students, parents, and leaders to navigate social media and technology through a positive, gamified, and student-led approach. The curriculum is designed to reinforce character and leadership strengths like empathy, integrity, and teamwork, and to teach students and their role models to champion high character on all social platforms.