Q&A: Lauren Footman, CEO of Lauren J. Footman LLC and current member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors
Lauren Footman is a Yeadon, PA native. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2014, with a bachelor's degree in English and double minors in Political Science and Africana Studies. Her time at Bryn Mawr, catalyzed her civic involvement, as she chartered the college’s first NAACP Chapter. Since then Lauren has gone on to lead and serve in many civic organizations, such as the Pennsylvania NAACP State Conference, the Pennsylvania Diversity Council, Delaware County Women’s Commission, and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.
Continue reading to learn more about this inspirational woman who is making a historical impact in Delaware County’s business community:
Professionally, Lauren has worked as human capital and corporate responsibility professional at PwC, Aramark, and JP Morgan Chase respectively. Lauren currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Equity at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence. In addition, she serves as a Lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania Organizational Dynamics Program.
Due to her professional and civic endeavors, Lauren has received various awards including being honored by local news media outlet Billy Penn as a part of their “Who’s Next” series, as one of “17 Community Leaders and Activists Using Their Platforms for Social Good in Philadelphia.” In 2019, Lauren was recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as one of 38 changemakers disrupting the status quo in Philadelphia; she was also awarded Activist of the
Year by the Rad Awards and was recognized by Philadelphia Tribune as a Top 10 Under 40.
How many years have you been with your current company/ organization?
Why do you believe your business/ organization a Chamber member?
My organization is a Chamber member because I value the professional development opportunities, the ability to network across with other business leaders, and believe the Chamber has a unique position to facilitate equitable development within the County.
What has been the most valuable aspect of your Delaware County Chamber of Commerce membership?
Being able to meet other business leaders, and being discuss ways we can have a collective impact on Delaware County at large.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting out her career?
I would suggest: remain willing to learn, stay agile, take risks, take the time to build a dynamic network, and begin saving as soon as you are able.
In honor of March being International Women's Month, can you identify a woman in history that has inspired you and explain why?
Shirley Chisholm, because she always worked under the mantra of being "unbought and unbossed"
Can you explain any obstacles you have faced as a woman in the workplace and how you got past them?
An obstacle I faced was often being a millennial and a female in male-dominated industries. I prevailed by building relationships with others, and by recognizing the aspects that made me stand out could be translated to be a value-add as my diverse perspective could help us make more well-informed business decisions.
Can you share any tips you have for woman who are trying to make secure a board of directors position?
I would suggest taking the time to get involved within your community in areas that you are passionate about and begin building a dynamic network.
What motivates you?
I believe whom much is given, much is required.
Are you involved with any other community organizations or charities?
Delaware County Women's Commission, which I am the current chair of.