Lauren Paine is a woman who wakes up early. So early, in fact, that she differentiates herself by that ability alone when collaborating with peers, learning from leaders and achieving the impossible in a day. “I founded the ARISE leadership group three years ago. We are professionals who meet once a month and have intentional conversations about our careers, life, and ultimately – to push each other on how to best use the platforms of our careers and our lives to give back and make a huge impact on our community. Our goal is to sharpen each other to be the best we can be in all areas of our lives, and use our careers to do good.”
One way Lauren is endeavoring to parlay her career as a financial consultant at Northwestern Mutual into doing good is through her impossibly challenging goal to raise $500,000 in just 10 weeks for the tenth anniversary of the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year program in Houston.
Man & Woman of the Year is philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated people in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of anyone they know who has been affected by blood cancer in some way – a fighter, survivor, or someone who passed away due to blood cancer.
The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the ten-week campaign are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. The man and woman who have raised the most across the entire US will be recognized as the national Man & Woman of the year.
“This is a daunting challenge but not more than fighting cancer. I am doing this in honor of my friend Danielle Johnston who survived Lymphoma and has now been thriving for 14 years since beating cancer. In just the past few months since I accepted the nomination to run I have been blown away and burdened by the amount of people in my network of friends and clients who have been affected by/are fighting blood cancer and I realized how close to home this disease is for so many.”
Lauren is doing her outreach through social media, letters, innumerable meetings, lunches and by tapping every single network she has, which is extensive. Donate toward Lauren’s fundraising here.
“Life is full of challenges and adversity, and I am no exception having a fair share of my own. That said, trials refine us, grow us, and remind us of what is most important in life. I have learned I can get a lot done in my day if I genuinely care about it. I am always moving forward and am dedicated to focusing on the things that matter to me and ditching the rest. That said, trials refine us, grow us, and for me personally, remind me that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is my rock and uses every trial and challenge for our good and His glory.”
We love this! Let’s all take a page out of Lauren’s book and focus our considerable energy on doing good with what we really care about as we reprioritize our efforts post-pandemic.