Lauren l. Hansen

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Nice to meet you!

Hi all, Lauren here.


I’m a communication specialist based in the Midwest who loves people, leadership, and how God is moving in Chicagoland. I've worked as a college Alumni Director and volunteered as a Character Quest leadership coach for the past six years.


Areas of expertise: People hire me for one specific reason: relationship and communication management. I have a skill for establishing trust and consistency in rapidly-growing organizations. My expertise lends itself from experiences in higher education, presidential transitions, coaching, ministry, leadership development and program management.


Greatest professional achievement: Building and executing a successful alumni engagement strategy for Carthage College, a liberal arts institution in the Midwest. Specific accomplishments include increasing programs from five to 35 in a five-year time period, establishing an annual alumni recognition award ceremony, creating an alumni relations student internship program, and writing over 60 published pieces for an audience of 20,000+.


Greatest personal achievement: Running a half marathon to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic in our country. Next goal: Full marathon in October 2017 (to raise support for Compassion International)


Favorite leadership tools: Gallup StrengthsFinder, Gary Smalley Personality Test, StandOut Assessment


My free time is spent: Writing, conducting workshops, spending time with Jesus and family, speaking (on leadership, communication and faith) and producing devotional vlogs


I've worked for: Carthage College, Alpha Chi Omega (Syracuse University) and Solo Cup Company


Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Digital Media - Carthage College

Master of Education and Leadership - Carthage College

Custom Leadership Integration Coaching Certification - Character Quest


Professional organizations: Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), Young Leaders in Kenosha (Y-Link), Character Quest, Leadership Kenosha Steering Committee


Who’s currently inspiring me: Mark Hall of Casting Crowns and Bianca Olthoff, Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign