Lauren Vela

Lauren Vela

Senior Director

Pacific Business Group on Health

San Francisco, CA USA

There are things I would've liked to have done in my life, but I didn't do them because I took the more conservative route. I should have had the guts to do things even though they were foreign to me.


My road in life has been direct.
Attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where I earned my bachelor's degree in business.
After college, I got a job for about 4 years in sales and was very successful in this position.
Switched industries by deciding to leave sales and go into healthcare because I wanted to be in an industry that was more instrumental in people’s lives.
Earned my MBA and started working on my PhD.
Got married and moved to California.
After getting pregnant with my first child, I decided to quit school and not finish my PhD.
Have been working for Pacific Business Group on Health cumulatively for about 17 years.
Keep following my journey


High School
Business/Commerce, General
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Houston


Senior Director

I work with employers to get them to buy healthcare in a better way for the healthcare system.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

My days are very different. Today, for instance, I did an international webinar about pharmacy benefits. I work a lot with drug benefits, so I’ve done studies and led work in that space. I travel around the country to educate employers about the problems in that system. We also believe in the importance of primary care, so one of the things I do is talk to integrated delivery systems that provide medical care to our employee bases. I do a lot of educational events for my large member companies.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

It’s important to talk to those you work with to understand what they do and how all of the pieces fit together. The healthcare system is complicated, and over the years I’ve worked in different parts of it. I’ve learned different perspectives of how this system works, mostly because I just talk to people to try to understand what they do, how they do it, and why they do it the way they do.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

There are things in my life I would like to have done, but I didn’t do them because I took the more conservative route. Follow what’s of interest to you. I wasn’t always honest with myself early on, so don’t be afraid to go for stuff that feels too big or too hard. I should have had the guts to do things even though they were foreign to me.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You should follow the rules, you should finish your PhD."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
School Stress