Lauren is a multi-disciplinary strategist with a focus on venture design and innovation. She is an accomplished management executive in the financial industry, who decided to change gears and focus on her passion for design after working on Wall Street for close to 20 years. She has held a number of senior positions, including COO and Trading Manager of a proprietary hedge fund, Strategist to the CEO, and a Product Manager for an Innovation Consultancy. She holds an MFA as Designer + Entrepreneur from the School of Visual Arts (where she was the 2017 Graduate Valedictorian), an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA magna cum laude from Columbia University in Astrophysics. Lauren currently runs her own creative consulting firm, Field & Edge where she works with companies to create new business strategies by tackling issues of human-centered design.