Lauren A. Harris
“It is our privilege to work with small children; we are committed to establishing a foundation for their success and developing lifelong learners.”
Q: What woman inspires you and why?
A: My mother is my biggest inspiration. An outstanding educator and loving mother, she strives for excellence in everything she does. She’s always been there to push me when I’ve needed to be pushed, hold me when I’ve needed a shoulder to cry on and listen when I’ve needed a sounding board. She’s a resilient, funny and amazing person who reminds me to never stop learning.
Q: What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
A: The laughter, from children and staff, echoing in our hallways. It is our privilege to work with small children; we are committed to establishing a foundation for their success and developing lifelong learners. Children in nurturing learning environments with knowledgeable and passionate educators will thrive in an increasingly complex world. I cherish the opportunity to watch children in our care grow in confidence and self-worth, and I love seeing the enthusiasm from our teachers as they cultivate an environment in which children can be their authentic selves.
Q: What’s changed for women in business over your career?
A: We still have a long way to go on the issue of gender and cultural bias, but one of the most significant changes over the course of my career has been the growing number of women in business—creating a more powerful network that ties us together. It is important for women to lift each other up, and I’m thankful to have found a network of supportive women who encourage each other in their pursuit of business success.