We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Bruckler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how do you think about risk?
There’s a lot of interpretations as to what risk means. I like to think of risk taking as an accepted level of uncertainty or taking a different path. The potential benefits of such risk outweigh the fear of the unknown or the possibility that something may not work out successfully. There have been several times were I have taken large risks and they have altered my trajectory. For example, one early risk I took was to leave my hometown and go to college when I was 16. A program was available that gave me an opportunity to concurrently finish high school and get an associates degree. There was a lot of uncertainty with that decision: leaving friends, moving several hours away from home, being “alone” and meeting new people, being younger that most students on campus, etc. But the potential benefits outweighed the risk and I ended up growing immensely as a person and student. Another risk I took later on was the decision to make a significant career switch. I left a job and solid career path in order to experience new challenges and expand my management skills. Ultimately, that decision led me to consulting and working for myself. So, for me, risk is about change and being open to new possibilities and challenges.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am an Environmental, Health, & Safety consultant and the work I do focuses on blending concepts of health, safety, and sustainability. For many years I was focused primarily on sustainability aspects like greenhouse gas reporting, climate action planning, green building construction, renewables, etc. But a central element to sustainability is people and the ability for individuals to live healthy, productive lives. There is immense synergy between health, safety, and sustainability. Many regulatory bodies and third-party certification and quality organizations have begun exploring these connections at a deeper level. A great example of this is the recently launched WELL Health-Safety Rating for buildings by the International WELL Building Institute. Concepts of health, safety, and sustainability have been around for decades but specific opportunities to link them together are really starting to emerge. I took many incremental steps that led me to where I am today. Although I wasn’t sure where each step was leading, I made sure to challenge myself and remain open to change. I’ve gathered several lessons along the way that have helped me achieve success. One such lesson is to take advice and help from those that have come before you. Another is to humbly find learning opportunities in any job you may find yourself in – there are always valuable take-aways. Finally, I really believe in the power of servant leadership and I think it provides positive returns for anyone seeking professional success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in Dallas/Fort Worth I feel like there is always something going on. Obviously, the past year has been a bit challenging when it comes to socializing and typical entertainment. But if a friend was visiting then a food excursion would definitely be on the schedule, including a stop at MiCocina for the famous Mambo Taxi! Beyond eating, we’d explore downtown Fort Worth, the Magnolia neighborhood, and the parks along the Trinity River. Included in the week would be a stop in Uptown, some confections from Dude, Sweet Chocolate in Bishop Arts, and live music in Deep Ellum or South Side.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been fortunate to have several mentors and a great support network so it’s hard to pick just one. But, I would say I gained a lot of support and confidence in my youth when I volunteered for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). I began volunteering to fulfill a scholastic requirement but ended up staying with BRIT for several years, helping with their children’s education department and even participating in a research scholarship program. Although I was volunteering my time, the work I did and the engagement with the BRIT staff was really valuable and it certainly led to new opportunities.
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