Laurie has operated Chai Expectations for more than a decade and takes pride in the boutique service she has built. With countless marriages and babies resulting from her matchmaking, coaching, and expert advice, Laurie’s life passion to help others find love is a dream come true. In 2016, Laurie decided to incorporate another important part of her life and career experience in philanthropy into matchmaking. She trademarked the term Philanthrodating™ and set out to help singles meet like-minded do-gooders through events where people can connect. Her Philanthrodating™ events have raised thousands of dollars for charity.
She’s internationally recognized as one of the top five matchmakers in the world by industry experts and clients, despite keeping her business small and intimate. Laurie only works with a handful of clients at a time to ensure white glove care and attention.
Laurie’s clientele share the common goal of finding their soul mate—a true partner in life, not just a Saturday night date. “When I make a match, I’m looking far beyond a first date,” says Laurie. “I’m looking 10, 20, 50 years down the road.” Laurie and her clients have enjoyed stunning success, with 4 out of 5 finding lasting love within the first year or two of becoming a client. And while nothing speaks louder than a proven track record, discerning singles know the importance of finding chemistry with a matchmaker. Laurie’s clients are drawn to her warmth, her sincerity, and her ability to put a person at ease. But it’s her dedication, determination, and straightforward approach to her clients’ personal goals that make her such an invaluable resource.
Laurie has been interviewed for her expertise by several national lifestyle and corporate blogs, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Magazine, Today’s Charlotte Woman, SouthPark Magazine, South Charlotte Weekly, Ballantyne Magazine, Creative Loafing, and a lengthy list of newscasts, including Charlotte’s FOX, CBS and NBC affiliates. In fact, Laurie has become a regular relationship expert on Charlotte Today, a local morning news show that runs in conjunction with NBC’s nationally-televised Today Show. She recently made a guest appearance on the Triangle’s equivalent, Carolina Today, and has been a two-time guest on NPR’s Charlotte Talks.
Laurie attended Wurzweiler School of Social Work, a division of Yeshiva University in New York, NY, where she earned a master’s degree with a concentration in Community Organization. Prior to Wurzweiler she studied at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and received a BA in English and Psychology. She grew up in Bryn Mawr on the Main Line of Philadelphia but has lived in New York and Atlanta and made her home in North Carolina since 1994. Though extremely passionate about helping singles find lasting love, the most important thing in Laurie’s life is her family. She has been married more than 20 years and has two sons.