RL : Who are you and what is the magic you bring to the world?
LD: I’m a woman on a mission to cultivate massive connection and experiences into the entrepreneurial world through my work as business strategist and mentor. I’m also a bit of a travel junkie and that’s led me to create my first global retreat later this year in Guatemala!
I think the magic that I bring to this world is a sense of childlike adventure, creativity and authenticity. I believe that life and business should be fun and pleasurable and I try to make sure that’s I project into the world. I’ve got an extreme passion for what I do and for helping women grow businesses that support their lifestyle.
RL: What lights you up about your work & the world?
LD: The world in itself lights me up because there’s so just so much to learn, so much to see and so many people to meet on this giant spinning ball. Even though I am a pro traveler, I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what it means to truly see the world and fully experience it.
I’m really looking forward to many more years of amazing experiences in each part of the world.
RL: What does being a rebellious leader mean to you?
LD: Being a rebellious leader means doing things my way. It might not always be the most conventional way or the most direct path, but I’m doing it my way and that feels so much fucking better than doing it someone else’s way. It means not asking for permission and sticking up for what I believe in- freedom.
I’ve always been a bit of a rebel- just ask my Mom- and it’s only natural that this would extend into my business leadership.
RL: What quote or mantra do you live by?
LD: “You only live once.” And for me that means that I’ve only got this one beautiful life to live (at least until I reincarnate into a housecat or a new body) and I want to experience every possible ounce of it while I’m here. To me, this means there’s no guarantee for tomorrow and I don’t want to look back at my life with regrets for something that I wanted to do but I was too afraid to do it.
RL: What have you learned about yourself in the past 5 years?
LD: In the past five years I’ve learned that I’ve got tenacity in a way that I never really fully understood before. I learned that I don’t need the structure and the “stability” of a corporate job in order to fill my bank account- that I can totally create the income that I want. No more glass ceilings (or bullshit meetings) for me!
I’ve learned that I can do things the way that I want to based on what feels right to me, not based on some antiquated societal norm of what’s expected of me as a woman in this world.
RL: Who are your mentors and sources of inspiration?
LD: Over the past few years I’ve worked with some business coaches, spiritual coaches and health coaches. These women have cracked me open in ways that I didn’t think was possible. And they’ve shown me that whatever successes they’ve had are also possible for me. They have forged the way with their feminine leadership and I’m forever grateful. They are a constant source of inspiration for what it means to be a woman today.
I’m also really blessed to be surrounded with a lot of other amazing entrepreneur women and they are are always inspiring me to keep going and keep pursuing my passions and my interests and bringing more of myself into my business.
RL: Best piece of advice ever received?
LD: The best piece of advice I ever received was to do what makes me happy. I’ve applied that to relationships to career to friendships to travel just about every area of my life. I think it’s a really simple blanket statement to make but actually much harder to implement because what makes us happy is not always the easiest to do. For example leaving my corporate job to start my business. I knew that I wasn’t happy in that position but it was also terrifying to think of what life would be like without corporate “safety”.
So being happy was the reason that I left the position but it wasn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do because of all the fears that come along with leaving something that you think is stable or secure or pays really well.
RL: What’s the craziest thing you have done on your travel adventures?
LD: I’m always doing crazy things on my travels! Most recently I went to a Mayan cave ruin that was super duper old- probably thousands of years old- and I had to swim through to get to the entrance and then wear a headlamp. We had to go spelunking through narrow passages into the middle of this gigantic cave which had some really cool, old Mayan artifacts and skeletal remains. On that same trip I also swim nurse shark and held a tarantula (and kissed a giant bullfrog).
I’m always asking myself “what is something crazy and fun that I can do on this trip?” I want to make lots of lots of memories!!
RL: Bonus Question: What are 5 things you can’t live without?
LD: I can’t live without my friends + family, my passport, my sense of adventure, my integrity and my contacts. Ok, well, I could live without my contacts, but I wouldn’t get to see all of the cool stuff that I get to see WITH them!
RL: Where can we stalk, I mean find you on line?
LD : Website: www.laurendobey.com
Instagram: @lbdobey where I share a ton of my travel photos.
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Lauren is a freedom lifestyle expert and business mentor to female entrepreneurs across the globe.
Prior to taking the leap into entrepreneurship, she was the head of a $125 million division at an industry leading global home fashions design house. During her career she’s created home fashions collections for brands and celebrities such as Nicole Miller, Eva Mendes and Columbia Sportswear.
She’s run her own international design consulting business for the past 4 years and her products are currently sold at major retailers across the US and Canada.
Lauren now also uses her vast business experience as a strategist and mentor to support women entrepreneurs to create their personal version of freedom.
She lives on the magical island of Manhattan and when she’s not working you can often find her shaking her booty at dance classes or drinking wine while snuggled on the couch with her boyfriend and her pug.