Lorri Olan P'17 Senior Associate Director of CPD, Diversity Initiatives Lead and Pre-Law Advisor

Lorri Olan P'17

Elrod Commons 304

Advising Focus Areas: Arts and Entertainment; Education; Government and Politics; Law; Non-Profit and Public Interest

Lorri assists students and alumni of all majors and career interests. Her advising focus areas are Arts and Entertainment; Education; Government and Politics; Law; Non-Profit and Public Interest.

Lorri joined Career Development in 2013 and serves as the Senior Associate Director of CPD - Diversity Initiatives Lead and Pre-Law Advisor. She assists students from all majors with all phases of career development, from self-assessment, career exploration, and networking to preparing internship and job application materials and acing the interview. Lorri assists students in all interest areas but has an expertise in law, government, non-profit, arts, and editing fields. She serves on the Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement Council, as Advisor to Comunidad Latina Estudiantil, and provides all students from traditionally excluded groups the tools necessary to thrive at W&L and beyond.

Prior to joining Career Development, Lorri served as Director of Career Planning and Professional Development at W&L Law. She clerked for two judges on the Court of Appeals of Virginia, served as Executive Director of Project Horizon, a rural domestic violence and sexual assault agency, as a trial court law clerk in Boston and as a Legal Assistant in New York, NY. Lorri is admitted to the bar in NY and VA and is MBTI and Strong certified. A native of New York City, Lorri obtained her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and her BA from Oberlin College. She currently sits on the Board of Lime Kiln and is Past-President of the Alumni Association at Oberlin College and Montessori Center for Children. Lorri has presented at national conferences and published several articles on working with LGBTQ students as well as those interested in clerking, and nontraditional legal and public interest careers. Lorri and her husband, George Bent, have three children and live in Rockbridge County with their black lab Pepper.