Lauren is a multi-disciplinary strategist with a focus on venture design and innovation. After working on Wall Street for close to 20 years, she switched focus to her passion for design and completed an MFA as Designer + Entrepreneur from the School of Visual Arts (where she was the 2017 Graduate Valedictorian). In addition, she holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a BA magna cum laude from Columbia University in Astrophysics, and is a graduate of the UCLA Extension Design Communication Arts program. 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. She also teaches Venture Design in the MFA programs at the School of Visual Arts and Art Center College of Design.