Soon after commencement ceremonies conclude on Saturday, Lauren Egan leaves behind her familiar hometown of Albemarle, for a new adventure in Wilmington, N.C., where she begins a new job two days later.
It won’t be the first time she’s acted quickly. A nursing major until the start of her senior year, Lauren made a decision last fall to change course to pursue a passion for communications and sales.
“Changing my major to communications late in the game was challenging but with the guidance of Pfeiffer’s committed faculty I was able to graduate on time,” she said. “Dr. Nikki Nichols became a mentor, sharing the importance of professionalism, work ethic and workplace responsibility—and gave me the confidence to take steps toward becoming a successful businesswoman.”
Lauren buckled down in the class room, making the dean’s list for the fourth year and being inducted into National Communication Honor Society Lambda Pi Eta. Hand-on experience as a public relations and events coordinator for Charlotte Seen, a promoter of events, grand openings, networking socials and fundraisers, provided exposure to the communications field.
This set the stage for a presentation to the Pfeiffer University Board of Trustees, with whom she shared her experience as Pfeiffer student. Impressed by what he heard, Board Chair Rev. Scott Middleton, founder and CEO of Agapé Senior, a network of residential and health-related companies that promote assistance and independence to senior citizens, asked for her resume. After several interviews with Rev. Middleton’s team in Columbia, S.C., Lauren was offered and accepted a sales position with LTC Health Solutions, which is part of the Agapé Network.
“This opportunity allows me to combine my healthcare background with my enthusiasm for sales and public relations,” she said. “I am excited about beginning my professional journey.”