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Lauren (she/her/hers) spent 14 years in finance and accounting, managing billion-dollar assets for commercial real estate companies. While her work with investments was lucrative and exciting, she was distracted by the lack of investment in people’s safety and well-being. In 2020, she decided to step away from finance and take the leap into diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Lauren combines her unique background in data analysis, project management, and operational strategy with her lived experiences to transform workplace cultures. She believes DEI work is about elevating humanity and appreciating differences while disrupting harmful archaic norms.
Factually, safety is never guaranteed, so Lauren seeks to equip companies with tools that allow employees to feel safer” and more empowered to express themselves in ways that lead to innovation.
Lauren loves to provide learning experiences that offer brave spaces for her audience to engage, pause, and challenge their usual way of thinking. In the spirit of humanity, she believes uncomfortable truths can be balanced with empathy and grace.
In addition to serving as a consultant for DEI firms, Lauren has executed DEI assessments and strategic planning for clients across various industries. She has also served as a keynote speaker for the Private Directors Association (PDA) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
Lauren leverages the latest research and understanding of human behavior to deepen her work. Lauren is a board member and interim Executive Director for Inclusion by Design, a nonprofit that ensures inclusion, equity, and diversity are built into organizations’ DNA through a certification process.
Lauren is a pit bull advocate, and when she’s not rescuing dogs, she’s volunteering at the local shelter.
Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, where she ran D-1 track and field. She is also certified in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.