HI Lauren! Thanks for joining me today! Let’s get going. Can you tell us a bit about your background and which chapter you manage? San Francisco and Silicon Valley! This is where the organization was originally founded, and Adriana is here in the city, so we are lucky to have her so close. As an individual chapter, our current initiatives are centered around 3 primary pillars:
Our goals are to create structure for everyone in our community to help expand their network, to learn and grow from senior leaders and to help everyone succeed in their profession.
How long have you been involved in Girls in Tech? Almost 2 years now.
What motivated you to get involved in the organization? I began organizing business dinners with groups of 15-20 people when I first started my consulting business. I called them DinnerCons. When I picked the people, I picked them based on who I thought would benefit from knowing each other. Everyone enjoyed the dinners; it got to the point where I had a waiting list for invites. A friend of mine mentioned that the Managing Director role for San Francisco was open. She intro’d me to Adriana and the rest is history!
What do you currently do professionally? I am a growth and monetization advisor for early to mid-stage startups. I have a handful of different clients who are all trying to answer the same questions: how do I acquire, engage, and monetize my customers? My role consists of helping establish a strategy that is built around KPI’s (Key performance indicators) and ensuring teams have the infrastructure to collect and analyze relevant data. I’ve worked with a diverse set of companies spanning various industries, including advertising, casual games, social casinos and most recently, hardware.
If you could do anything in this world, what would it be? It would be doing what I’m doing now. About 2 years ago, I stopped being a full-time professional with a traditional career path. I was forced to redefine who I was professionally. It wasn’t easy, but now I have the luxury of choosing who I work with and making time for myself to do other things. I spend most of my free time studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. I’ve recently started competing again, which I wouldn’t be able to do if I wasn’t working for myself.
What or who got you into Muay Thai? My best friend was a “Karate Kid.” She went to Karate everyday after school for as long as I can remember. I on the other hand was a cheerleader in High School. After college, I went back home and stayed with my parents until I could figure out what I wanted to do. I was pretty bored, so I called her one day to complain. She insisted I take a karate class. At first I wasn’t sure, but she convinced me pretty quickly when she said “the worst thing that could happen is that you meet a hot guy.” So I went to a few classes and fell in love with the sport.
So other than Girls in Tech, tell us a few things you love to do. You mentioned Muay Thai…
I’ve also been learning to sail. My boyfriend does competitive sailing and slowly he’s been teaching me. We are lucky to have the San Francisco Bay to sail in. My group at the sailing school has become my family. We are all really lucky to have each other.
Finally what are your top 3 songs in rotation right now?
Can I pass on that question?
Sure if you want to!
…I’ve recently started to download my favorite songs from high school, but here are my top:
Simon and Garfunkel ” I Am a Rock “
“Believe” by Mumford and Sons
“Stompa” by Serena Ryder
Thanks for chatting with us, Lauren! We will be staying connected on Twitter for sure. Much success to you and your team, and your continued efforts in Muay Thai and Sailing!