From Chicken Soup for the Single Parent's Soul

Who Is Laurie Hartman?

Laurie Hartman is the director of licensing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. In 1997 she helped launch the trademark licensing program for Chicken Soup, and has been overseeing its success ever since. Running a multimillion-dollar retail program with a wide variety of products ranging from “soup to nuts,” Laurie most enjoys her hands-on role in product development and the relationships she has built over the years with many wonderful licensees. Laurie is most thankful for the opportunity to work with her mentor, Lois Sloane of SloaneVision Unlimited, Inc., Chicken Soup’s licensing agency. “I’m proud to say that everything I know about licensing I’ve learned from Lois, a true giant of a professional in the industry and one of the most wonderful people I have ever known.”

Laurie is the single parent of fifteen-year-old Connor, her true inspiration for this book. An aspiring entrepreneur, soon-to-be Eagle Scout and computer genius, Connor plans to one day own his own computer company based out of Japan. The boy thinks big.

A lifelong horsewoman, Laurie contributed a story about her horse, Rusty, to Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. Believing in the special bond and magic that comes with horse ownership, Laurie volunteers her time at a therapeutic riding academy for the physically and mentally challenged.

Laurie and Connor enjoy living in sunny Southern California with their cat, Harrison, who on many late nights was curled up in his chair in Laurie’s home office while she worked on this book. You may e-mail Laurie at [email protected].

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