As Vice President of Business Development for a small engineering firm for 12+ years, Lauren knows firsthand the joys and challenges of being an entrepreneur and running a privately-held small business. She has been responsible for: marketing, corporate governance, the hiring of consultants, buying out partners, and negotiating licensing agreements with Fortune 500 companies. She has bid and won US government contracts, organized trade shows and worked with international clients. During Lauren’s tenure, Engineering Matters, Inc. was awarded 15 patents and received two prestigious R&D 100 Awards (considered “The Oscars of Invention” R&D Magazine). She has been involved in every aspect of running a small business.
Lauren has a degree in Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts. She is also a Certified Coach having graduated from Coach Training Alliance, an International Coaching Federation Accredited Coaching School.
Lauren lives on the outskirts of Boston, MA with her husband David, and loves visiting her three adult children in the DC area several times a year. In addition, she is a cycling fanatic and has logged roughly 28,000 miles on the roads of Massachusetts. In the off season, she trades in her bike for cross country skiing, Zumba, and walking with friends for exercise and great conversation. Lauren has held numerous volunteer positions and leads a Bible study for women from her home.
“Partnering with my spouse at a small business has given me an appreciation for the effort it takes to make things work simultaneously in the business and at home. As a coach, I use that experience to help leaders of small businesses evaluate what they want to accomplish, strategize to overcome the inevitable road blocks, learn the art of discipline, and help them to work more effectively to realize their corporate and financial objectives and the ever moving target of work/life balance.”
Coaching is different for each client and company. It is my job to help clients see a realistic picture of where they are now so that they can find better ways of doing things, and ultimately get more of what they want today and in the future.
I am not afraid to ask the tough questions but I am also non-judgmental and friendly. I coach and deal with the reality that my clients live in; I won’t gloss over what they are facing but at the same time, coaching can be relaxing and fun. Clients walk away from each session with: new insights that can be used right away to improve situations, and more optimism with options that they didn’t know existed. This increases productivity, and perhaps most importantly, improves their bottom line.
During Lauren’s tenure, Engineering Matters, Inc. was awarded 15 patents and received two prestigious R&D 100 Awards.