Following in the footsteps of a family dedicated to military and spiritual service, Lauren strives to apply the principles of servant leadership in all her endeavors.

As a career consultant with almost 20 years of experience in strategic planning, change management, capacity building and collaborations for nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 businesses alike, Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge, a dynamic skill set and a passion to her work with mission-driven organizations. She has been honored with numerous awards for her professional acumen, most recently as one of the “Top 50 Women Leaders of Houston for 2022” and as a Veteran Leadership Scholar with the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Recently, she moved from Houston to Austin, Texas, to expand the Bearing Tree team’s national reach and to consult for her alma mater, the University of Texas.

Her academic background includes undergraduate and master’s degrees of science from the University of Texas at Austin in social work, with a focus in evolutionary psychology (behavioral economics), public policy, and community & administrative leadership. She also holds a volunteer management certificate from Rice University and was recruited to help teach Fundraising at their Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management. Lauren has also taught Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston and Communications & PR for Nonprofits at the University of Texas.