Lauren is a teacher, student, thinker, and creative human. Writing has been an important part of her life since the first grade.
After graduate school, Lauren had to face the post-recession job market with something that was not considered valuable in those years: two music degrees. With bills (and loans!) breathing down her neck, she had no choice but to become as resourceful as possible. When she considered what she could really offer the world, and how she might convince employers to take a chance, it always came back to writing. Words had been a focus in college and graduate school; why should anything be different IRL? That thought sparked a career built on distilling complex ideas to resonate with all kinds of audiences.
Lauren went on to work in retail, education, nonprofits, and as a global storytelling lead at IBM. Looking back, she realizes that somewhere along the way, she simply transitioned from opera–a 19th century form of storytelling–to a more modern one. Here’s what a manager said about her work.