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Lauren is a designer, researcher, and writer; born in Flint, Michigan and raised in Ohio from a hard-working family. Through her roots and travels, she is driven by the intention of provoking and shaping technology in ways that are more inclusive, accessible, and mindful of the challenges of our time.

She currently serves as a Design Lead at Google Maps, working with and leading a global team. Her work has taken her across 6 continents, where she listens and works with local communities to make maps work better for their cities. She recently led the design of Google Maps navigation for motorbikes, now launched across Asia, Africa, and South America, with 70 million active participants. Her work and co-creation approach has been featured by Forbes, The New York Times, BBC, and Quartz.

Prior to Google, she studied design at SCAD, co-published a book that documented a neighborhood in Hong Kong, and designed experiences for The Gates Foundation, P&G, Citizen Schools, and more.

She also teaches and consults with teams and students around the world, bringing awareness to how technology can be more inclusive and mindful of our cultures, our attention, our environment, and ourselves. This approach continues to activate more growth and opportunity for teams seeking to sustainably expand or stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.

She is currently based in Seattle, but often travels, by airplane and video chat.

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