1996: Started first lemonade stand
2001: Spent time living and modeling in Paris
2003: Spent time vacationing and ultimately working as a model in Buenos Aires, Argentina and quickly learned Spanish
2004: Returned to New York City and began collegiate studies at The Fashion Institute of Technology thinking she was going to launch a fashion brand
2006: Decided to turn a successful grape-growing vineyard operation into a winery and began building and overseeing the construction of a winery and tasting room. She was also busy planning her wedding and got married that Spring
2007: Opened the winery and tasting room doors of Sugarleaf Vineyards to the public in August, graduated Magna Cum Laude from FIT with a Bachelors of Science in International Trade and Marketing in December and gave birth to first child, son Jayden days after completing studies in December!
2009: Had her second child, her mini-me, Chloe entered the world in September! Life as Lauren knew it suddenly changed; her marriage ended and immediately became a single mother with 2 children under the age of 2.
2011: Was honored at The White House with an Empact100 Award by the Kauffman Foundation for being one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30 in the United States.
2011: Started Luxury Market Branding and became heavily involved in the technology, venture and startup communities as an advisor and investor. At the end of the year, Jeremy Johnson and Lauren started Gen Y Capital to invest in early stage consumer facing technology companies.
2012: Sugarleaf Vineyards was acquired; Lauren sold her interest in the business — her first major exit as an entrepreneur!
2013: Essence Magazine named me a “Shot Caller” to watch in business.
2014: Lauren’s book, The Path Redefined: Getting To The Top On Your Own Terms, was published by BenBella Books and became an instant best-selling business memoir.
2014: The New York Urban League’s Young Professionals awarded Lauren the honor of Philanthropist of the Year for my charitable involvement and dedication to giving back.
2015: Kia Motors and UPTOWN Magazine named Lauren as one of their Inspirationally Crafted entrepreneurs for my leadership and fearless entrepreneurial journey and Smart CEO Magazine honored me as a 2015 Smart CEO Brava Award Winner.
2016: Lauren officially began her career in media, with her new TV show, Quit Your Day Job premiered on Oxygen (NBCU) March 30th 10p/9C