Lauren S.

Location:

Chicago, IL

Member since:

November 11, 2013

What makes you a Go Girl?

I am 25, ambitious and still trying to figure out how to make a difference in the world. I work at an Innovation consultancy and am collaborating with thought leaders to help other organizations solve wicked business problems. I use systems thinking and trend analysis to identify innovation opportunity spaces and to uncover consumers' needs. By collaborating with our clients, consumers and experts from parallel industries, we invent game-changing solutions to solve for the needs we uncover. While my job is extremely empowering and inspiring, it is mostly focused on corporate challenges. I would like to expand my expertise to try to solve bigger and more complex issues, such as reinventing the U.S. education system. Part of solving a complex issue involves learning about it in many different contexts (i.e., the different ways people are educated in different parts of the world), and I aspire to build a global network of friends to collaborate with in finding solutions.

What are your passions?

I am passionate about learning, helping others, collaborating, designing for change, understanding trends, solving problems, generating ideas and hearing other people's stories. I love NPR, TED talks and the Discovery channel, and favorite activities include snowboarding, horseback riding, painting and going to concerts or music festivals. I also love learning about frameworks, and I use them to interact with and understand the world in new ways.

Why would you like to connect with other globally minded women?

Traveling and experiencing different cultures is something I highly value but need to activate on. I am passionate about travel, but need a better plan to figure out how to actually experience the world in the most productive way. By connecting with globally-minded women, I know I could learn so much about how others have accomplished this and the types of things they have gained from doing so.

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Introduction

I'm Lauren. My passion (and career) involves using design thinking to create revolutionary new solutions to messy problems. I have not traveled nearly as much as I'd like to, but I'm trying to plan how to best to do so and want to learn from you!


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