I met Lauren in sixth grade, when paired up for an anti-smoking project. While our peers made posters or pamphlets, Lauren and I filmed and produced (using iMovie in 2003!!) a MasterCard-style commercial, complete with a blooper reel.
Needless to say, Lauren and I have remained close, and she has continued to kill it in life. One of the smartest people I’ve ever met, I used to copy her AP Econ homework in 12th grade. She graduated from the Honors program at Lehigh and immediately started working at DuPont. She’s now at corporate Urban Outfitters, all while training for and running MARATHONS. PLURAL.
I have always admired Lolly’s drive and intelligence. She knows what she likes and what she wants and knows exactly what steps to take to reach her goals. Another thing I love about Lauren is her ability to identify a toxic person in her life and let them go.
She’s an amazing woman and an even better friend. She’s the one person from home who lives physically closest to me (aside from Andrew) and having her a quick bus ride away helps ease the homesickness and FOMO. She’s always down for a run or boozy brunch or to just sleep and watch RHONY with me all day, for all of which I cannot thank her for enough. Thank you for always loving me and also not putting up with the bullshit XOXOX.
What is your job title? What do you do?
I’m an Analyst on the Financial Planning and Analysis team at URBN
What did you go to school for?
What did you want to do when you started college? Why did you change?
I went in undecided but took a bunch of science classes as well as economic classes… the science classes stopped after organic chem!
How would you say greek life impacted your time at school?
Lehigh is an interesting place; Greek life is the social scene there. So, it more or less gave a group of pals to socialize with for four years.
What was the hardest part of college for you?
I think mastering the art of balance. Learning how to study effectively as well.
How did you end up at Dupont?
I interned there the summer before senior year, and got a job offer before I started senior year.
What did you enjoy about working there?
Well, a lot of the people there were my parents age so I felt like I had several sets of pseudo parents, which was nice since I couldn’t see my own parents a lot. Also, I had a lot of flexibility when it came to hours and working remotely *sigh*
What was the most challenging part?
The hardest part was after the spin (DuPont spun off the division where I worked to a new company, Chemours)- lots of layoffs, fixed cost pressures, etc. Made for a lot of absorbed work and long nights!
Why did you leave?
I had moved to Philadelphia about 8 months before leaving, and the commute was a lot. I also had some questions when it came to the future of the new company (i.e. being sold to private equity, etc.), so a couple things played into the decision.
What do you do now at URBN?
I do a lot of analysis for the company as a whole. Each of the brands (Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie) have their own finance teams, but my team looks more holistically at the business. A big part of my job is helping to prepare for the board meetings and quarterly earnings releases.
What’s the difference between the two jobs?
At Chemours I was focused on the cost-side of things, here I’m more big-picture, which is nice.
What was it like when you first moved to DE and didn’t know anyone?
Not ideal.. Not at all. It was tough; luckily I had friends that would visit on the weekends and I would also take weekend trips to have a social life.
How did you meet people/make friends?
Through work mostly. Actually, I can’t think of any friends I made that weren’t through work.
What do you enjoy about working at URBN?
It’s a fast-paced environment and industry in general, which is a cool change. One minute you’re killing it, the next you’re not.
Is there anything you don’t get to do that you wish you could?
I wish I could do more of the strategic work my team does.
What’s the hardest part?
It’s a very different work environment than I was used to at my old job, so that took some adjusting to. It’s a lot more “creative” and less stuffy but also at the same time has more of an “ass in seat” mentality which is an interesting combo.
Have you ever cried at work?
How do you deal with a bad day at work?
Text the crew about it of course. If it’s still light out when I leave, running also helps.
Have you ever asked for a promotion or raise? How did you do it?
I haven’t asked for a promotion per se because I changed jobs, but I did work to negotiate my initial offer which is similar. The best advice someone gave me while doing that was “the worst thing they can do is say no and then forget about it.”
Any tricks for organization?
You’ve seen my room, right? Not sure I’m the best person to answer this question! Although I may have things thrown all over the floor, I’m pretty good about keeping a calendar so I’m always on top of things that are going on both with work and things I’m doing in my social life. [Lauren’s room is a mess, that’s true. But she’s a big proponent for getting things in her iCal.]
How do you budget/make sure you’re saving money?
The 401k plan helps because the money is taken out before I ever have a chance of spending it. I try to do the same with my savings account and transfer a sum automatically at the beginning of the month.
Did you have a mentor? How did you find them?
My first boss is great! I’m lucky that I had such a good one. He keeps up with me and gives advice whenever I ask.
What’s something you’ve struggled with recently?
I had a stress fracture in my foot after running Chicago, and it was pretty tough to agree to rest for a few weeks so that it could heal.
What or who inspires you?
All of my friends! From high school, college, and work as well. They’re all working hard and going after what they want.
What would you say is your greatest weakness? And your strength!
My greatest weakness is probably that I don’t like to be wrong so I hate admitting fault. Strength probably that I’m pretty disciplined and determined to achieve whatever goal I currently have for myself. [Envy that drive and discipline…]
When did you start running half marathons?
I ran my first one in March 2015! You were there to watch me (and bring me a bagel at the end)!
How many have you run at this point?
If I’m not forgetting any, I believe I’m at 5.
When did you decide to make the jump to full marathons?
After I finished my first half marathon and thought “well that wasn’t so bad…”[Lauren is an overachiever…]
What’s the hardest part? (Aside from physically running 26.2 miles)
My stomach doesn’t always cooperate with me during long runs, especially during races. A lot of runners deal with this problem; I’m pretty lucky that I can say this is my biggest physical problem during a marathon.
How do you make time to train?
Well, I wouldn’t say I do conventional marathon training. I definitely keep up with the long runs on the weekends, but during the week I really do only cross-training. When I am doing a 20-miler on a Saturday, I actually feel like I have more time on the weekends because it forces me to go to bed early on Friday, wake up to beat the heat, and be done by 9 AM! Two full days ahead of me.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done recently?
I went back to Bethlehem to visit the Christmas city during the season and go to the Christmas market there which was cool!
What’s your next goal?
I came pretty close to qualifying for Boston, so that’d be cool! [Unreal.]
Would you ever do anything beyond marathons, like ToughMudders or Triathalons?
For some reason they don’t appeal to me. I think it’s the swimming!
What’s your favorite workout?
Classes like Orangetheory where it’s cardio sprint intervals mixed with weight lifting circuits.
What’s the next place you’re travelling?
Right now, the only set plans are to do a weekend trip to Nashville in the spring. I’m planning on going to Norway to kayak the Fjords in June!
Have you always been conscious about clean eating? How did you get into it and how do you stick to it?
Lol, does my diet count as clean eating??? [Don’t let her fool you, she’s a healthy eater!!]
I had a bacon egg and cheese this AM. I think it’s all about balance. I try to be conscious during the week but if I’m out to dinner, I’m not ordering a salad.
Biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Probably moving to Delaware without knowing anyone there.
Lesson you learned the hard way?
You can only BS so far!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
I think just not to worry about the little things so much because they’re so trivial in the big scheme of things (easier said than done of course).
Favorite places to shop?
Lulu, Madewell, Zara
Favorite skincare or makeup products lately?
What’s your morning routine?
Usually I workout in the AM- so I’ll get up, go workout, go home, shower, throw together some overnight (5 min) oats, and pick up coffee on my way to work (s/o to Wawa).
Best restaurant you’ve been to lately?
I’ve been eating too well lately. Since I live in PA, I’m very big on BYOB’s as well. There’s a Scandinavian restaurant, Noord, that I’ve been to once for dinner and once for breakfast recently. It’s excellent!
What’s something you’re really passionate about?
I try to treat any ailment I have holistically, which I think is important. Not that medications are bad, just that sometimes there are alternatives that aren’t explored adequately. [Lauren has a qi gong specialist here in Rochester…]
Best books you’ve read recently? TV shows? Podcasts? Music?
I started Billions last year, so I’m excited for that and Homeland to start up again in January. I listened to In The Dark podcast (S/o to Erin for the rec) which was great, and I’ll tune into the Freakonomics podcast at work.
Where do you get your news?
Well Erin wakes up 5 am so she usually gets the overnight news to us. Otherwise, I have CNN alerts and go to the homepage in the morning to check out what the Clinton News Network wants me to know.
What would your ideal day look like?
Waking up and working out, grabbing an absolute bagel, and then spending the day outside (maybe at a beer garden?). [There’s one down the street from me sis – add it to the itinerary for the next visit :)]
What’s your go-to order at a bar?
Depends – usually a pilsner, unless I’m loosening the purse strings and then I’ll get some type of vodka cocktail.
If you could live in any city, which would it be?
I’m not sure– I’ve never been to Vancouver but I’d like to check it out! [Fall 2017? Spring 2018? I’m interested!]
Where are you dying to travel to?
How did you meet Evan?
Through my co-worker at DuPont, Corynn.
What’s the most fun part of dating?
Trying out tasting menu’s and BYOB’s across Philly.
The toughest part?
Not having time to clean my room! (Ok I would use anything as an excuse not to do this).
How do you keep in touch with long-distance friends?
Live and die by the group chat. Technology makes it easy! [Glad you’re only just a text away. Couldn’t live my life without you.]