I have been a member of Pulse Young Professionals since 2013, and each year has been different for me both personally and professionally. With each new step in my life, my role in Pulse has grown along with it. I was a member, then a committee member, committee chair (twice), and now a committee member again. For me, at every event I organized or attended these past 4 years, one aspect remained the same: to make the most of my membership I needed to engage and connect.
I am a connector by nature, so the Socials and the Introduction to Pulse events are where I thrive. Not every event is for everyone, but that’s the beauty of Pulse and its programs. The goal as an organization is to help YPs grow as leaders in our profession and in the Greenville Community. Our goal as members is to connect and engage with others to not only better our companies and community, but ourselves.
Below are keys to what has made my membership Pulse successful:
1. Show up
Each Pulse program is uniquely designed to help you excel professionally or personally through its different events. The saying, “it doesn’t matter what you know but, who you know” is false — but knowing people sure goes a long way. Your participation in Pulse events allows you the chance to meet many other like-minded business people in the Greenville community and build the sorts of relationships that can be mutually beneficial. I challenge you to choose an event that is out of your comfort zone and show up. You never know who you might meet.
2. Join a Committee
This was the most beneficial step I made my first year as a Pulse member. Decide what you're passionate about and pursue it. The greatest asset to having a Pulse membership is that Pulse really does have something for everyone. I highly recommend finding that Committee Chair or Committee Member at events, and scheduling time to meet for coffee, ask them about their program and why they became a member of Pulse (I am always available for this topic). On a committee you’ll work with some of the most passionate and driven YP's who all share the same motivation you do for furthering your personal and professional development.
I am a firm believer that volunteering is good for your health. Volunteering offers vital benefits that can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering with Pulse and helping others can help you reduce stress, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. Several volunteer opportunities are planned each month to meet the needs of our different work and life schedules. Pulse gives you tools through its programs to help people in need, worthwhile causes, and the Greenville community.
Just know that your Pulse membership is more valuable than you realize. It helps keep you informed of new opportunities in Greenville, but it does so much more than that. Membership means you will be involved with any number of platforms for meeting new people, potential clients, and pursuing volunteer opportunities that you would have not had otherwise. Fun events, professional development events and volunteering are just some of the benefits you should be collecting from your membership. I really could go on and on about how Pulse has made me into the person I am today, but I’ll save that for when we meet for coffee.
Lauren is a true Greenville native, graduating from Greenville High School in 2000. She then attended college at Clemson University, home of the 2016 National Championship Tigers (GO TIGERS!), where she received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Lauren moved to Charleston SC where she found her passion for event planning, and worked for the best wedding and event planners in the industry. She brought her skills and love of planning back to Greenville in 2011. Flash-forward 6 years, one marriage and two children later, Lauren is the Venue Director for the new Revel Event Center in downtown Greenville. Lauren is a recipient of the 2014 "Best and Brightest 35 and Under" and is an active volunteer in the Greenville Community. When she’s not working, Lauren enjoys watching football and vacationing at the beach with her husband Dave and two daughters, Elizabeth Sullivan and Abigail Monroe.