In 2002 Lauren received a full athletic scholarship to Loyola College in Baltimore, where she excelled as a member of the women’s basketball team and attained her BBA in Business Marketing before attending Radford University for her Master of Business Administration (MBA). From a young age, Lauren’s parents invested in her financially and emotionally, giving her the tools and support to realize her athletic and academic potential. Once she was in college, a constellation of engaged coaches, educators, and friends devoted their time and energy to help mold Lauren into the person she is today.
Shortly after graduation Lauren began what would become a nearly 12-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), initially leading a counterterrorism software development initiative then serving as a senior official on the staff of the FBI Chief Information Officer (CIO), where she was responsible for an enterprise governance program overseeing IT acquisitions, ensuring compliance standards are met, and creating IT policy. In 2022, she joined Elastic, a fast-growing technology startup, where she leads a resource management program.
While she didn’t know it at the time, Lauren’s experience as a student-athlete and public servant would play a formative role in shaping her into the transformational leader and thoughtful citizen she is today. Her successful collegiate athletic career, academic achievements, and development of lifelong friendships serve as a reminder and appreciation of the investments that others have made in her over the years. They reinforce her desire to invest her time and knowledge to help others. By providing a platform to help young adults realize their potential, Lauren hopes to demonstrate her commitment to developing the next generation of citizens who want to reinvest in their communities and the globe.