How I Got Here: Lauren Hefner, CAE

Follow the career path of Lauren Hefner, CAE, director, member and volunteer care, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

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:

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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 Businesswomens Association

"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