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Global Director, Meetings & Events

Executive Summary & Candidate Overview

Lauren brings a wealth of expertise as a Global Director of Meetings & Events, overseeing a multimillion-dollar budget and leading a diverse team to execute hundreds of global congresses and symposiums. With a strong focus on strategy and stakeholder engagement, Lauren has successfully navigated challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating agility and resilience in redefining meeting practices to meet evolving needs.

Accomplishments and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Throughout Lauren's tenure, she has achieved notable milestones, including redefining meeting strategies in response to COVID-19, onboarding virtual meeting suppliers, and streamlining meeting logistics. As Director of US Events, Lauren spearheaded venue sourcing, contract negotiations, and innovative meeting concepts, contributing to the success of key national events. In her role as Senior Manager of Sales Events, Lauren served as an HR business partner during organizational changes while driving growth in the oncology franchise.

Location and Travel
  • Open to: On-Site, Hybrid, and Remote Roles.

  • Remote Roles: Willing to consider remote opportunities based on specific position requirements.

  • Compensation Seeking: Open to discussing compensation details upon scheduling a meeting.

  • Position Seeking: Seeking leadership roles in event management within the pharmaceutical or financial services industries.

Work Experience

Global Director, Meetings & Events AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals - 2020 – 2024

  • Managed a $350m budget for external presence within the MICE community, overseeing 800+ annual congresses and events.

  • Redefined meeting strategy and engagement practices in response to COVID-19, onboarding nine new virtual meeting suppliers.

Director, US Events AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals - 2016 – 2020

  • Led day-to-day and strategic activities for key US events, managing venue sourcing, contract negotiations, and meeting logistics.

  • Developed innovative meeting concepts and interactive elements to enhance attendee engagement.

Senior Manager, Sales Events AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals - 2014 – 2016

  • Served as HR business partner during significant organizational changes while supporting executive leadership with presentations and communications.

  • Provided strategic support for the growth of the oncology franchise.

Manager, Sales Communications & Operations The Vanguard Group - 2007 – 2014

  • Acted as a liaison between business, sales leadership, and IT to develop internal training and communication tools.

  • Organized semi-annual live sales meetings with over 500 participants to foster team environment and exceed sales goals.

  • Masters of Science in Business from Saint Joseph’s University - 2008 – 2010

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Wagner College - 2003 – 2007

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