Lauren grew up in San Francisco and then headed to the East Coast to attend Amherst College where she majored in psychology. After graduating she participated in the New York Teaching Fellows program where she taught special education in Red Hook, Brooklyn while earning her M.S in Education from Long Island University. After three years in the classroom, Lauren earned degree in Social Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and spent several years consulting with IBM Global Business Services specializing in learning and organizational change management. Currently she works at Google focusing on leadership development. Lauren enjoys taking adventures near and far with her husband and 10 month old daughter, cooking and playing volleyball.