Background: Lauren Schwartze is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Strategic Advising and Talent Services practice areas. Prior to joining Bellwether in 2014, Lauren worked for three years in Accenture’s Talent and Organization practice on talent strategy, leadership, learning, and change management initiatives in support of global life sciences companies. Lauren has a deep commitment to the social sector and has worked with nonprofits in various capacities. As a steering committee member of the Harvard First-Year Outdoor Program, Lauren helped define and execute leadership development programs, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and efforts to translate the organizational mission into operational excellence. Lauren provided operations and communications consulting services to Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. and currently volunteers as a mentor at Chicago’s Maryville Crisis Nursery. Lauren is a proud alum of Teach For America, where she served as a high school mathematics teacher and a caseload manager for children with special needs in rural eastern North Carolina. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Harvard College.
Experience at Bellwether: strategic planning, management capacity building, talent readiness
Client segments served: product and service providers, charter systems and schools
Sample clients: City Year, Blue Engine
Why I do this work: I am inspired by the tireless work of education reformers, school leaders, and teachers. I am committed to my former students and to students across the country. I am sustained by the belief that smart, earnest, dedicated individuals who collaborate with one another in a spirit of possibility, humility, and interdependence can enact systemic change.