Lauren W., my Schwab story
March 25, 2021
By Melissa Brandon, Director, Communications
Here at Schwab, we think all moms are pretty super. So super in fact, we’d like to introduce you to one. Meet Lauren W., super mom.
Question: Lauren, it’s nice to meet you. Tell us about yourself and how you came to work at Schwab.
Lauren: Thanks! I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and moved across the country to attend Brown University in Rhode Island where I majored in marine biology. I tried some computer science courses as an undergrad and it really sparked my passion for technology. It eventually led me to the University of California Berkeley where I got a master’s degree in information and systems. I worked in the Bay Area in online education and testing and when I heard about Schwab, I knew it could be a great fit because I’m also very passionate about finance.
Question: That’s quite a path from marine biology to leading a digital strategy at a financial services firm.
Lauren: It is! I consider myself so lucky to have found Schwab – almost 14 years now. I work in the Digital Services organization. My colleagues and I lead technology development for Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) that work with Schwab. We’re working to replace paper forms with digital experiences. And it’s a very fun job – we get to create great experiences for clients.
Question: You’re also a busy mom to four kids?
Lauren: Yes! I have three kids that are ages ten, seven and three. And I delivered a new baby this November. These days we are all at home because of Covid-19. That includes my husband who is also working from home. Needless to say, it’s very busy in our house.
Question: Congratulations on your new little one! I’m sure you get this question a lot – but how do you manage it all?
Lauren: I am always learning from the many strong role models here at Schwab who are also making it work. I recently started sponsoring the San Francisco chapter of Schwab Parents Network (SPAN) and find it so helpful to hear tips from other working parents. At Schwab, our clients and our families come first. On the home front, it has helped to plan ahead and work with my family (the kids included!) on our system to manage everything from schooling to mealtimes and chores.
Question: What would your advice be to someone who wants to grow a career but also wants to grow a family?
Lauren: My general career advice is to figure out what you want, then ask for it. The hardest part is knowing what you want, and figuring out the right mix that will work for you and your family. Once you have a goal in mind, think through some next steps to ask for stretch opportunities, and keep your family engaged in the process. Build a network and get feedback. I think for women it can often feel like you’re ‘pushing.’ But you’re not. You’re being assertive. Go and ask for what you want.