Name: Lauren Dunkle Dlugosh
Organization: Higher Talent Executive Search
Member since: 2019

How did you become involved with AFP?
I actually just got a membership about two months ago!  In my current role, we help wonderful organizations further their mission by connecting them with exceptional employees. Simultaneously, we present new, exciting opportunities to individuals looking to further their career in fundraising and follow their passion. AFP is great because I have the opportunity to create relationships and as a bonus, I am able to collaborate with my former UR colleagues who I have the greatest respect for!

How did you find yourself working in fundraising- was it always something you wanted to do?
I’ve always been a person who likes to give back and although fundraising was not something I always knew I wanted to do, it makes a lot of sense.I found myself working in fundraising through having an interest in event planning. I started my career in fundraising working for the American Cancer Society coordinating, planning and executing their Gala's throughout Western NY. From there, I was recruited by a former ACS employee to work at the University of Rochester’s advancement department and found myself in a position with a focus on front line fundraising. Just recently I accepted a position with an Executive Search Firm based out of DC.Although it is not directly fundraising, we work with several universities and nonprofit fundraising departments throughout the country!

What is your best piece of advice to someone who currently works, or would like to work in the fundraising industry?
Call me!

What are three things you can’t live without?
Family, cheese and my passport!

What is your favorite song lyric or quote?
“You can’t see the view if you don’t climb the mountain”

How do you cope with work related stress?
I like to deal with it head on. I am a firm believer in an open line of communication at all times – with my boss, colleagues, clients, etc. That helps reduce any stress because I deal with it before it becomes stressful.

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