At the heart of everything Lauren Petersen does: people, places and impact. You can trace it back to her urban planning and development degree from Ball State and her love of travel – she has visited 26 countries and lived abroad in Poland on a Fulbright scholarship. And it continues on through her community service and nomination for ELEVATE’s Board Member of the Year Award.
When it came time to start her career, Petersen said yes to the Hoosier State because she wanted to pay back and pay forward the Lilly Endowment scholarship that she received. In describing what drives her, Petersen said: “I have achieved my American Dream because so many people have supported me. Community has been at the heart of every opportunity I’ve had. My personal philosophy is ‘Everyone everywhere matters.’ Look around to see who you can lift up. No one gets where they are going alone.”
Her journey has taken her from positions with the Indianapolis Colts, to Exact Target and now Tech Point, where she serves as Senior Director of Relationship Management. Being part of the tech ecosystem has enabled her to support nonprofits and issues she cares about. She has been described as a natural connector with a love of place making.
In 2013, Petersen read an email newsletter with a call out for volunteers for Partners in Housing. She fell in love with both its mission of providing residents with a pathway to a sustainable and self-sufficient life and the ability to honor her urban planning roots. With a position on their auxiliary board, she helped with raising money, planning events and marketing the organization. In 2014 she was the first Auxiliary Board member to be asked to join the Board of Directors. Now, she’s excited to pursue a third term in 2020.
In addition to her work with Partners in Housing, Petersen’s accomplishments and accolades are plenty. She is part of the current Stanley K. Lacy Leadership class and serves as an inaugural fellow on the Mitch Daniel’s Leadership Foundation, where she works to build a more innovative Indiana and recruiting and retaining emerging leaders.
Of Petersen, her nominator said: “What sets Lauren apart from her peers is her ability to juggle a remarkable work and volunteer load exceptionally well and with grace. The common denominator for Lauren’s leadership is her underlying fascination with, and passion for, community and economic development, coupled with a compassion and conviction to make those community and economic advantages accessible to others.”
Thanks, Lauren, for making Central Indiana your place to invest in! And congratulations on your nomination as United Way’s ELEVATE Board Member of the Year!
TechPoint is proud to recognize Lauren Petersen as a game changer in the community.