Lauren Hasson is the Founder of DevelopHer and a senior engineer in apps and information security at a leading Silicon Valley fintech company. She founded DevelopHer 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 DevelopHer 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 DevelopHer work, Lauren’s 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.