Lauren was on a small ship in Antarctica when she decided to pursue a career in sustainability. Based in Oliver Wyman’s New York office at the time, Lauren won an essay contest and a ticket to represent Oliver Wyman on a leadership expedition with Sir Robert Swan and the 2041 Foundation. The journey was so impactful for Lauren that she dedicated herself to starting a local green team, which eventually grew into her role leading Oliver Wyman’s internal sustainability efforts globally. Working with Oliver Wyman’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan, she co-created its award-winning Green Traveler program, among other initiatives, while growing Oliver Wyman’s global Green Champion network to engage colleagues.
I’ll never forget the sentence that inspired me to do this work, shared by a fellow Antarctic expeditioner: He said, “If we don’t do something about the way we use our resources in the next 5 years, in 20 years we’ll be asking ourselves, “What were we thinking?” That was in 2008, and the issue is even more urgent now.
Now leading the effort to fulfill Oliver Wyman’s commitment as a CarbonNeutral® company, Lauren collaborates on strategies to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint and better integrate sustainability into its operations. She has also shared her expertise on some of Oliver Wyman's external projects, including recent work for the Business Council on Climate Change.
Achieving carbon neutrality isn’t only about collecting data and offsetting emissions that you can’t reduce, it’s about shifting sustainability to front of mind and finding ways to team together to do things in new and efficient ways. I love the creativity sparked by this thinking.
Lauren has returned to Antarctica twice since 2008 as part of Robert Swan’s leadership team and has shared her story with many schools and organizations to raise awareness and promote sustainability. She transferred to Oliver Wyman’s San Francisco office in 2013 and currently resides in Sausalito, CA, where she was appointed as Sustainability Commissioner in 2019. Lauren also serves on the Board of Directors of EarthShare, a nonprofit that connects the most influential environmental organizations with employers, people, and communities to protect our planet.
With a degree in theatre, Lauren started her career in Hollywood as an actor before diving into the Internet start-up world in the midst of the DotCom boom. While she never expected to move into a sustainability role, much of what she now does calls upon the fundamentals she learned along the way.
I am still a storyteller at heart, but now I share my own experiences to inspire others to take action and innovate for change. A decade from today, I don’t want to wonder what else I could have done.
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