Study to show thyself approved has been a hallmark of the life and vocation of Laurie D. Hamilton, Ed.D. She has ample experience as a researcher, speech & language therapist, early childhood specialist, and teacher mentor. Her current research includes the underrepresentation of African American students in gifted programs and early identification of giftedness in young learners, which has already garnered the attention of several significant educational think tanks and school reform leaders. As an additional step to further her education, Dr. Hamilton holds an Advanced Certificate in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion from Adelphi University. Overwhelmingly devoted to community-based causes, she is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, New York Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Association for Gifted Education. Dr. Hamilton serves as the chapter’s Publicist and is an integral part of the Membership Committee. She is the Director of Children’s Initiatives of the Bethel Tabernacle Church and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mother Zion Foundation, the community development arm of the historic Mother AME Zion Church in Harlem, the oldest Black institution in New York State, founded in 1774. Dr. Hamilton enjoys travel and has visited over 25 countries.