I have been an active volunteer in my tech community for several years. I have started several computer science education organizations, organized numerous educational events about computer science and women's issues, and spoken at a small number of events. Most often, you'll find me mentoring young learners and teaching in small group settings. You can find out more about my civic efforts below!
I'm an apprentice software engineer at Cerner and a computer science major at the University of Kansas. Co-Founder of KC STEMinists and a Girls Who Code Club. I'm a forward-thinking troubleshooter, but not just in class or on the job. After learning of the lack of resources for girls interested in computer science who live West of the KC area, I partnered with three other women to start a Girls Who Code Club in Lawrence, Kansas in 2018.
I'm also Founder and former President of the JCCC Computer Club, which began in 2017, and is a student organization that aims to help students explore computer science. One of my earlier endeavors was in 2016, when I Co-Founded KC STEMinists, an organization that teaches Kansas City area middle and high school girls how to code, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and community-driven development. I also have extensive leadership and volunteer experience in a variety of student and non-profit organizations.
Christy McWard, Director of Communications & Advancement at University of Kansas
“Lauren is exceptional in every one of the many roles she plays at Johnson County Community College. As a student, she works hard and excels in her classes while building strong relationships with faculty and classmates. As a campus leader, she is engaged in several groups, not only as a member, but often as an officer, a co-founder, an event planner, or a public speaker on behalf of the groups she belongs to. As an employee of JCCC's Collaboration Center, the CoLab, where I was her supervisor, she was a shining example of what it means to be a committed, responsible and enthusiastic colleague. And finally, she is a delightful person through and through. Her kindness, compassion and curiosity about the world are contagious among all who have the good fortune to work with her."
Tom Pagano, VP/CIO at Johnson County Community College
“I met Lauren through the JCCC Student Computer Club. After an insightful and vibrant first meeting, I was impressed with her desire to enhance the Computer Club experience. As the President of the Club, Lauren, worked with the Faculty Facilitator to -incorporate me into the meetings. It has been a very rewarding experience for me thus far and the feedback from the group has been positive. Lauren has visited with me and on a number of occasions to talk about career planning, course selection and how to integrate with local IT professional organizations. Lauren is well poised in her education to make innovative contributions to the IT Industry, the local organizations she will become involved with and the way we use technology to make our lives better. I look forward to the ongoing interaction with Lauren as she moves on to future success.”
I am always up for a challenge. Are you looking to collaborate on a project? In need of a guest speaker or volunteer for a worthwhile cause? Perhaps you just want to ask me a question. If you have anything to say, I'm always open to listening! Please feel free to contact me at any time.