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Lauren is a designer, researcher, and writer; born in Detroit and raised in Ohio from a hard-working family in the US. 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 redesign of Google Maps navigation for motorbikes, now launched across Asia, Africa, and South America. 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 workshops around the world, awakening teams and students about how bias and fear play a role with technology. This work also demonstrates the power of co-creating with local communities. This approach enables more growth and opportunity for teams seeking to expand to new markets 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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