Lauren Mireles, FPQP holds an M.S in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University and a B.A in International Studies: Business and Economics from California University of Pennsylvania. Lauren also earned her Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalTM certification from the College for Financial Planning, which helps her stay up-to-date on financial planning practices to better serve Yeske Buie’s Clients.
In conjunction with her bachelor’s degree, Lauren also earned a minor in Leadership. In addition to traditional classes, her leadership training was supplemented by the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People certification and Stephen Covey “Leader for Life” certification. This training inspired Lauren to serve as an AmeriCorps Fellow during her final year of school, and dedicate herself to her university’s Peer Mentoring Program where she helped incoming, undecided students make the transition from high school to college. She continued this leadership focus throughout her master’s degree studies, where she designed and hosted an all-day workshop focused on harnessing one’s inner power, specifically teaching participants a method that involves managing energy rather than managing time to increase one’s productivity.
At Yeske Buie, these leadership experiences are manifested within Lauren’s work with every team in the company – operations, client service, financial planning, and business development. A lot of Lauren’s time is spent managing many of Yeske Buie’s business development initiatives, including planning our special events, coordinating and participating in meetings with centers of influence, planning and promoting our webinars, managing and editing TheLiveBigWay Digest, promoting social media communication, and more.
She also develops and runs internal initiatives including Yeske Buie’s annual staff retreats, strategic planning exercises, and other cultural work.
Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys cooking and baking, Zumba, yoga, and other aerobic and strength classes, walking and hiking with her dog, scrapbooking and DIY projects, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She also spends her time volunteering when she can with organizations such as Dreams for Kids, DC Central Kitchen, Food for Others, and Lost Dog and Cat Foundation.
Client Focus: Lauren approaches her work with Clients by viewing herself as a sounding board. She focuses on listening to a Client’s story, building an authentic relationship with them, and working to anticipate their needs proactively.
Current Update: As the year begins to wind down (or dial up depending on your point of view!), Lauren has been reflecting on all the opportunities this year has offered both professionally and personally. She recently attended two superb conferences that provided ideas and insights that have her gears excitedly turning for implementation at the firm. In between the conferences she also attended weddings in Columbus, OH and Oklahoma City, OK that were unique and beautiful celebrations of each couple. Lauren also appreciates the various hobbies she’s picked up throughout the year; from running, to focused reading, to trying new recipes, Lauren is very pleased with how 2019 has unfolded and looks forward to a new year ahead.