Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Executive Development Program Manager

Department of Defense

Make a conscious effort not to internalize negativity. These things only seek to distract you from your purpose.


My road in life has been direct.
Losing my father at a young age and being raised in a single parent household
Developing a relationship with God and joining ministries at church
Joining my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Taking on positions that stretch me and cause me to jump outside of my comfort zone


Executive Development Program Manager

As executive development program manager, I oversee the implementation of policy for executive development programs.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

No two days are the same. On any given day, I am responding to inquiries, working with my customers to find creative solutions, or responding to inquiries from senior leadership. I cannot say that there is a "typical" day. Each day brings new and exciting challenges!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Seek an internship even if your program doesn't require it and even if it is only for a semester. Go above the requirements. Research what credentials successful people have in your field (certifications, training). Take advantage of Career Services. Get involved with the community, it is a great way to network.

Recommended Education

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


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Sometimes leaders are not good at leveraging employees' strengths and building off of their weaknesses and that can be discouraging. Sometimes, we can be hard on ourselves as well."

Challenges I Overcame

Racial Discrimination


Is there anything that I missed, anything else you would want someone going into HR to know?

Asked by Anonymous Student

Try to get training in the different areas of HR. Don't stick to one focus area, seek out other opportunities.

Interviewed By

Anonymous Student

Student at ODU