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Lauren Sands

Most recently, Lauren worked as the Development Director for NextOp, a nonprofit organization founded in Houston, Texas whose mission is to recruit, train, and place post-9/11 enlisted military veterans into industry careers. Before that, she worked for five years as a consultant for small and mid-sized nonprofits. In that role, she partnered with the Board of Directors and key staff members to provide long-term strategic plans, development assessments and plans, and capital campaign management, as well as general fundraising and management support.
She started her career in IBM’s Global Business Services group where she had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects for Fortune 500 companies. Projects ranged from building and implementing internal communication strategies for multi-national oil companies to developing business requirements for an advanced condition monitoring system.
Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.

Recent blog posts

The Methods of Design Research & The Power It Can Wield

The concept of design research is an interesting one for me. Research conjures up thoughts of science, and numbers, and p-values. It makes me think of a hypothesis and of measuring results. But, what I’m beginning to come to terms with is that design research isn’t traditional research at all. Research in the context of…

Perspectives to Consider When Building the Case for a Code of Ethics in Design

Today, most professions have a guiding code of ethics.  Some of the quickest to come to mind for you may be law or medicine, but even human relations, realty, and nonprofit fundraising have a standard code that has been agreed to and is easy to reference. Designers are in the middle of a movement to…

Reflections on AC4D Orientation 2019

Orientation week at Austin Center for Design is coming to a close.  In a very short period of time, our class of twelve was introduced to a wide variety of topics and activities. At it’s core, design strategy is about experience, emotions, and stories. Humans are inherently emotional and irrational, and I found it both…

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