Ever wonder about who is behind the scenes executing MatchMakers, planning for events, or assisting you with WBENCLink2.0? Learn more about the WBENC Staff in this column.
Get to Know Lauren Herman
Q: What keeps you busy at WBENC/What are the main projects you work on?
A: As WBENC’s Financial Reporting Manager, I work on all things Accounting and Finance! When I started here, I processed all of the organization’s Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. Now that I have progressed in my role, I oversee those functions and am mainly focused on account reconciliations, collections work, month-end close activities and the annual audit.
Q: What did you do before you started at WBENC?
A: Before joining WBENC at the end of 2012, I worked in the accounting department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Prior to that, I worked as a financial statement auditor with the accounting firm Grant Thornton. In 2012, I relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland and was interested in finding a job in DC. I was connected with WBENC by a WBENC-Certified WBE who specializes in accounting and finance placements in the DC area.
Q: What is your favorite part of working at WBENC?
A: My favorite part about working at WBENC is the people who work here! We have a wonderful leadership team and they have assembled a fantastic staff. I love the energy, optimism, creativity, and work ethic of the people who work here – it makes it a wonderful place to spend my days!
Q: What do you do for fun outside of work?
A: I have a husband and a two-year-old daughter and I love spending time with them. We enjoy taking walks, going to the playground, coloring, cooking, traveling to visit our family, and making our new townhouse feel cozy. We are planning a trip to Colorado and Wyoming this summer to visit with family, do some hiking and to explore new places.
Q: What do you do really well?
Organize. I love organizing things! I love digging in where things are messy and bringing order and cleanliness to a situation. I like the sense of accomplishment that I feel and the ensuing efficiency that comes from being organized.