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Meet Lauren Ryan our Business Support Coordinator

Lauren is Prominence's Business Support Coordinator. She's been a part of the Prominence family for a number of years, and has now joined us full time. A wonderful asset to the team, Lauren is a quick learner with a 'can do' attitude. She's also extremely creative and passionate about sustainability, reuse and upcycling!
What's the most exciting part about your job?
Learning! I have always loved to learn and always sought information even in my downtime through podcasts or developing skills and hobbies. It's exciting to be in a new role that continues to challenge and educate me.
What was your first job?
I worked as a nursing assistant in the veterinary clinic my parents owned. From a young age I often visited with my father at night when he was on call, helping where I could. I started working there after school officially when I was fifteen. This nurtured my love for animals and inspired me to adopt my first dog, Carrie, from a rescue.
What's one career you wish you could have?
I have always been creative and have a background in Fine Arts. I would love to be self employed in the arts someday. I'm also passionate about sustainability, reuse and upcycling. There is an increasing overlap between these passions, especially within online communities. I am inspired by Australian creators and influencers that I follow online who have built their careers from simple YouTube or blog tutorials to being international brand ambassadors, spokespersons, role models and educators for sustainability. I would love to leverage the skills I am developing in business now to one day be in business independently.
What's the best professional development book you've ever read?
'Oh, the Places You'll Go!' - Dr Seuss. Perhaps not the answer expected but the one with the most impact on my life! It's a message that followed me from childhood to my first day of university, where my lecturer centred her orientation presentation around the book.
Do you have a favourite charity or not-for-profit you wish more people knew about?
I wish more people knew about the different ways you can reduce or recycle waste through certain organisations and not-for-profits that can use the waste to benefit society. REDcycle for soft plastics is becoming more widely known - but you can also collect bottle caps to make prosthetics for children (Lids4Kids) and bread tags to make wheelchairs (Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs). Torn and damaged clothing can be recycled with UPPAREL and coffee cups and straws at 7-Eleven service stations. It's better to first reduce waste and re-use, but if you can't do that - recycle!
What's something you want to do in the next year that you've never done before?
I hope to become a first homeowner which is simultaneously daunting and exciting.
What would you do and where would you go if you were a tourist in your own city?
I think Brisbane is a really beautiful city, with views enjoyed best from the cliffs at Kangaroo Point. I would take a walk along the river at sunset, then walk up the steps to the cliffs to see the lights of the city at night. I'd spend the day visiting Newstead House and park or GoMA and the Queensland Art Gallery.