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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker

Department of Defense

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

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Lauren's work combines: Writing, Education, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Executive Development Program Manager

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Political Science and Government, General

    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Graduate Degree

    Public Administration

    Old Dominion University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Executive Development Program Manager :

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science and Government, General

Graduate Degree: Public Administration

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Losing my father at a young age and being raised in a single parent household

  • 2.

    Developing a relationship with God and joining ministries at church

  • 3.

    Joining my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  • 4.

    Taking on positions that stretch me and cause me to jump outside of my comfort zone

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages 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.

  • How I responded:

    It's just that...noise! Make a conscious effort not to internalize negativity. These things only seek to distract you from your purpose.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I just try not compare myself to others. I try to look at the blessings that God has given me. What God has for me is for me. I just try to walk in His confidence. I also realize that others struggle. Nothing is handed, so I just have to work hard.