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: Lauren is enjoying soaking up the sun and the warmer temperatures as the Virginia summer begins – she loves spending time in the nearby park with a blanket and a good book! When the weather is not as nice, Lauren has been working on her baking skills. Her most recent creations include a three-tiered pistachio cake with cream cheese frosting and s’mores brownie bites with a marshmallow buttercream… yum!
At Yeske Buie, Lauren continues to adjust to the remote working environment, and is so grateful to our Clients and allied professionals for their patience and understanding as the pandemic evolves. The team was recently equipped with new laptops to help us work more efficiently to serve our Clients, and Lauren’s current projects include communication initiatives such as The Hope Chronicles, special events including our upcoming mindfulness experience, and refreshing internal processes to ensure we’re delivering the best possible experience to our Clients. She hopes you and yours are staying safe and well!