Lauren Schmidt

Role: Denver, CO, working for an Education Management company helping to launch and manage online graduate programs.

What TFC Programming did you participate in?

Project Pyramid, Academic and Experience Committee Member, TFC Executive Board Member, Emerging Impact Leaders Fellow, Social Impact Certificate Creation

Why would you encourage others to get involved with the TFC?

First, the center promotes connection and collaboration through the interdisciplinary structure of the organization. This allows students the opportunity to experience and learn from other perspectives, backgrounds, and skills. Second, the student-led nature of the TFC encourages developing leaders to grow personally and professionally. From board members to event attendees, each individual is given the opportunity to expand their worldview and learn about how to face complex problems. In addition, alleviating poverty through market-driven forces and enterprises empowers students to draw from diverse industries and think systematically about approaching social issues. Lastly, the community you build within the TFC will fill you with inspiration and so much JOY!

How did the TFC help prepare you for your current position?

The TFC compelled me to ask more questions than to answer them. (Never let the curiosity in you disappear!) I learned the art of problem solving and the importance of human difference. My two years at the TFC gave me the confidence to innovate a strategy, implement it and then analyze the causal sequence. I sat in discomfort knowing that major social and environmental issues could not and will not be easily fixed, and that failure is part of the process. Failure meant that you are one step closer to the positive impact you are working towards. At work, I challenge myself and my team to conceptualize problems abstractly and continue to develop effective ways to create change that lasts, as our work is ever-evolving and never perfected.

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