Born in Brooklyn, Lauren is currently a User Experience Researcher at Ford Motor Company splitting her time between Detroit and New York. She has a Master’s degree in Integrated Digital Media from New York University (NYU) and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

With over 11 years of product development experience, Lauren has a particular interest in people using design and research methods that uncover emotions, insight and meaning to create, design and improve strategy and products. She also teaches design thinking and coaches others to incorporate those fundamental philosophies into their daily lives as well as throughout early design development. Organizations she has worked with include AppNexus, Barnes & Nobles, NYU, Society of Menstrual Cycle Research, Michigan Science Center, Girls Who Code and Cognitive Toybox.

She is the founder of Hack the Flow, a hackathon with the goal of reducing the stigma around periods that was featured in Buzzfeed and Mic magazine. When she is not inspiring others, she enjoys exploring the world and spending time with her puggle fur baby Joaquin named after the famed actor Mr. Phoenix.