Welcome to Parachute Coaching. I'm thrilled you're here.
My first assignment for my first class as an undergrad at Columbia was to write an essay about one word that describes me. Parachute was my word -- open, adventurous, and colorful.
Those qualities have stuck with me through several long years as an analyst in the intelligence community (a time when I couldn't be very open), law school, fast-paced years in the hallways, offices and conference rooms of a top law firm, and then the brick-exposed walls of a start-up law firm, and now to you. Along the way, I traveled a bunch, made countless friends, colleagues, and mentors, logged hours on the phone, writing emails, and yes, even letters to stay in touch. Most importantly though, I met my husband, and became a mother to two vivacious daughters.
I was introduced to coaching shortly after returning to the law firm after maternity leave. I attended a presentation on work-life balance where a captivating coach gave a 10 minute presentation, and I knew that in time, that would be me.
Over the next six years, I toyed with the timing, but I continued to read, research, talk, crave, and dream about it. I found the right time, and went for it. Since launching Parachute, I've coached hundreds of women, leaders, and teams. Just like me, every client has her own story. What's yours?
I look forward to hearing about the words that describe you, your path, and what keeps you reading, researching, talking, craving, dreaming, and ultimately doing. And if you haven't figured it out yet, well, then we can do that too.
A little bit more about Lauren:
As an accomplished attorney, I've taken my drive and talents and built Parachute Coaching, a professional coaching practice focused on advancing women's careers, confidence, and leadership. Prior to founding Parachute, I spent six years practicing law at Skadden, Arps, a Wall Street firm with a global presence, five years working for the federal government, and three years in entrepreneurial endeavors. I received my BA from Columbia University, my JD summa cum laude from American University, and an MPA from GW. I have lived in DC since 2000 when I was footloose and fancy-free; I now live with my wonderful husband and two fabulous daughters, ages 7 and 5, and still find time for fancy-free moments, albeit less frequently!
B.A. from Columbia University
M.P.A. from George Washington University
J.D. from American University, summa cum laude
P.C.C. Professional certified coach training, Coaches Training Institute
-Certified training through the Coaches Training Institute, member of the International Coach Federation
-Five years at the National Security Agency in language analysis, two exclusively focused on organizational leadership
-Six years as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP practicing tax law
-Three years in entrepreneurial endeavors
Through my career, I have gained valuable perspective on how to navigate large bureaucracies, well-oiled hierarchical organizations, and small but growing operations. Each comes with different personalities, advantages, and disadvantages. I was successful in all of these places in different ways because I developed tools specific to the environment that allowed me to adapt, build relationships, and carve a path to success based on my goals.