Mentor Monday is a series where I feature people that have helped me when I needed it, whether or not I asked for it, and whether or not they even realize it. I am extremely thankful for these people, and would not be where I am today, or where I will be tomorrow, without them. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll connect with these individuals as well. Feel free to join in and thank your mentors for everything they’ve done every #mentormonday.
There are so many things that Lauren has done for me both directly and indirectly that has made her such an amazing mentor.
She is as humble as she is friendly as she is smart, and she’s not afraid to share any of her talents with anyone deserving of them. Lauren was one of the first people I connected with on Twitter and right from the get go, she was supportive, kind, and really helpful. She makes me a more confident professional.
From the day I connected with Lauren I feel like I could ask her for anything, short of rooting for the Vikings, and she would help to the absolute best of her ability. She’s given me advice, walked me through tough situations that I’ve faces, supported me (way too kind), helped me with my blog during its really early stages, and continues to inspire me every day.
Indirectly, I’ve observed Lauren and her interactions for some time on twitter. She’s able to approach the professional world with a sense of fun and informality that I try to practice in my own endeavors. She’s able to create a really comfortable atmosphere, without ever being inapproprite from a professional standpoint. (Good post by Lauren on this topic recently).
By example, she has shown me that it is possible to be yourself, while still being a hardworking and successful professional.
Anyone, especially students looking to get into PR, needs to connect with Lauren. If not for career value, then just for the fun of it, as the “flirty nerd” (see RockstarJen’s review) never fails to entertain.