2020 Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker

Lauren Hasson is the Founder of Develop[Her] and a senior engineer in apps and information security at a leading Silicon Valley fintech company. She founded Develop[Her] to help fellow female professionals advance their careers, stand-out in their field, and negotiate for the salaries they deserve after starting over herself from ground zero at age 29 and then learning that a male peer was hired at 50% more than her.

And, because she invested in professional development and learned how to negotiate for herself, Lauren was able to transform from rock bottom into a top, high-profile professional and nearly quintuple her salary in less than four years. Now, she’s really moving the needle to bridge the gender wage gap and inspiring thousands of women to build their best careers and break glass ceilings too.

Her work with Develop[Her] has been featured in the international IEEEWomen in Engineering Magazine, she’s been hired by top companies like Google, Dell, Intuit, Armor, and more to train and inspire their women, and she received the Women in IT Awards Silicon Valley “Diversity Initiative of the Year” Award as well as a Gold Stevie Women in Business Award for Startup of the Year, Consumer Services and a Silver Stevie Women in Business Award for Female Solo Entrepreneur of the Year. Additionally, she was recognized by the United Nations as a Finalist for their WSIS Stakeholder Platform Prize and by the Women in IT Awards New York as a Finalist for the “Innovator of the Year” Award. 

In addition to her Develop[Her] work, Lauren is an accomplished professional herself. Her professional engineering work has been featured in Apple keynotes, she was one of 100 top innovators invited to attend the UK G8 Innovation and Decide Now Act Summits, and she’s won multiple, high-profile hackathons. In her career, she’s held both senior leadership and senior engineering roles at startups and prominent agenicies alike.

Lauren holds a degree from Duke University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a triple major in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Economics in just four years. She is also a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership America.

Keynote Address: Zero to [Her]o

Far too many of our nation’s best and brightest women work as hard as they can to advance their careers without really understanding how important it is to build their value and communicate their worth. It’s time to teach women how to work smarter, not just harder, to become more effective and invaluable to the companies they work with. Lauren shares her personal story of going from zero network, zero skills, and zero job prospects to becoming a highly valued, top engineer with global connections in just two short years. Women (and men, too!) will come away with steps they can take to immediately start building their value and become indispensable at work and in their own careers.

Plenary Session: Become a Negotiat[Her]: Learn the Secrets to make more $ in your career

As women, salary negotiation is an essential skill, but negotiating isn’t always so easy. Imposter syndrome, fear, and unconscious bias are real adversaries that can get in your way to a successful negotiation and earning what you deserve. The good news is that negotiation is a skill that can be learned. Develop[Her]’s founder shares how she tripled her base salary in less than two years by grounding herself in data and asking critical questions to uncover key leverage points and ultimately learned to negotiate with confidence. Women will learn actionable steps they can take themselves to not only uncover their true market value, but also negotiate for the salary they deserve.