It’s summertime, and the living’s easy! Here at TPG, we’ve got a lot happening this summer, including attending the annual Slate Summit. We’ll have one new face joining us at Slate Summit this year: Lauren Sauriol, our new Slate Strategist.

Join us as we learn more about Lauren and welcome her to TPG.

What is your role at The Parish Group? 

As a Slate Strategist, I will be serving clients by assisting them with the implementation and/or optimization of their Slate CRM. With my unique blend of education in communication and work experience in Slate’s technical functions, I am able to provide our partner institutions with a breadth of knowledge ranging from communication strategies to query and application workflow builds.

What did you do prior to joining TPG?

I worked in various roles at institutions in Pennsylvania and Tennessee from Admissions Associate to Communication Manager to Director of Admission Operations and Technology. 

As Director of Admission Operations and Technology, I was a Solo Slate Captain for a large shared instance (consisting of Graduate, Undergraduate, International, Transfer, and Online admissions). I also managed a team of Communication Managers and Admission Processing staff. When I wasn’t working in Slate, I was using my previous recruitment knowledge to assist new counselors in their recruitment, travel, and communication efforts.

What are some of your goals for your new position?

At TPG, I’m really excited to share my Slate knowledge with our partner institutions. In the past, I’ve been in the position of feeling overwhelmed by a CRM and not knowing how to harness its power. I now hope to bring creative and stream-lined solutions to our partner institutions to guide a path towards understanding and optimization for their CRMs and admission offices as a whole.

On the flipside, I also hope to dive into my shared love for writing and higher education. As a recent college graduate myself, I’m able to keep my finger on the pulse—not only on trends within higher ed, but also the experiences of recent high school and college graduates. Writing for the TPG blog has allowed me to explore this passion, and share insights to those within the field of higher education.

We’re in the business of higher education, obviously. That being said, where did you attend college? 

I am a double alum of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a double concentration in Public Relations and Public Communication and Advocacy as well as a Master of Arts in Communication.

Work-stuff aside, what are we mostly likely to find you doing in your free time. 

I’m probably spending time with my pets, Ozzy, Elvis, and Ruby, and shamelessly dressing them up in bandanas that I sew for them. I’ve turned this passion into a small business that takes up much of my time.

Outside of that, I spend a lot of time at my parents farm helping them with their lavender and christmas trees (weird combination, I know). In between farming and sewing, you can find me on my Honda Rebel headed to the local taphouse for a PB&J cider.

Although I don’t get to do it a lot nowadays, I do enjoy traveling. I’ve been to seven countries in Europe including Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, France, The Czech Republic, with my most recent trip to Sweden and Denmark for a study abroad class for my graduate degree.