Lawrence directs the Drucker Institute’s public sector strategic and comprehensive planning services, with an emphasis on community engagement as the foundation for effective strategic focus and implementation. Lawrence also developed and delivers the Drucker Playbook for the Public Sector, a suite of leadership and management training programs for increased individual, team and organizational effectiveness. More than 2,500 public sector officials have completed at least one form of the Drucker Playbook regimen. Lawrence also currently serves as a senior advisor for Bendable, the Drucker Institute’s lifelong learning system, and helped lead the initial conception, design, and implementation of Bendable in South Bend, Indiana, which served as the model for its rollout nationally.
From 2013 – 2020, Lawrence taught a graduate course in Leadership as part of the University of Notre Dame’s entrepreneurship-focused, ESTEEM Master of Science program, the capstone of more than 30 years Lawrence spent as a formal and informal educator, fulfilling roles ranging from first grade teacher in a public school to principal of a Hebrew high school and junior college. As the director of Main Line Writing & Educational Services (later La Jolla Literary Services), Lawrence assisted academics, entrepreneurs, professionals, and students with their writing and editing needs. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Religious Studies, he served a stint on the Philadelphia Eagles media relations staff before embarking on his career in education.
Lawrence has done extensive volunteer work in support of educational, environmental, and social justice causes, including time as an education advisory board member for BizWorld, a Prairie Ambassador for the American Prairie Reserve, and a tutor-mentor for the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy in Philadelphia. Lawrence embedded experiential learning and community engagement within the curriculum of the supplemental religious school for which he served as a principal more than 30 years ago and has championed interactions between diverse groups of people as a key to promoting lifelong learning and a better functioning society throughout his career. An avid reader and writer, Lawrence is the author of “All the Lonely People,” a collection of short stories. His first novel, Shulamit Rose is available as an audiobook or in manuscript form at Bandcamp.com.