To move up in this industry … you sometimes end up having to bounce around. I’ve left every job on a happy note, just moving on to an undeniably good opportunity.
Lauren Hefner, CAE, the director of member and volunteer care for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, has experience as a camp counselor, but got her first taste of working for an association as a child.
Lauren Hefner, CAE, started her association career early—at 10—when she stuffed conference badges at the American Sociological Association, where her mom has spent her career. “I was a weird kid,” she says. “But I always knew I would be in this industry.” Here’s where her childhood ambition has taken her so far:
A Working History
1997–2005: Worked summers and as needed at the American Sociological Association
2000–2003: Worked on promotions team for six Clear Channel radio stations
2003–2004: Nanny and summer camp counselor
2006–2008: Membership marketing coordinator at National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
2008–2010: Membership and credentialing manager at National Cancer Registrars Association
2010–2012: Director of membership, marketing, and communications at Laboratory Products Association
2012–2013: Director of communications and marketing at National Grocers Association
2013–: Director of member and volunteer care at Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association