Lauren Trent is the Executive Director of the DPS CareerConnect team, which provides innovative school- and work-based learning opportunities to more than 17,000 Denver Public Schools students. Prior to joining DPS CareerConnect, she was the Director for Education Partnerships at CareerWise Colorado, an organization dedicated to building a statewide youth apprenticeship system for Colorado. Before that, Lauren completed a two-year Broad Residency with Denver Public Schools and also worked for Huron Consulting Group, where she led large projects helping higher education institutions set organizational strategy and improve operational performance. Lauren has also consulted in a number of different industries, including banking, healthcare, and manufacturing. Lauren has a B.S. in finance from Indiana University, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a masters in educational leadership from the Broad Center for Urban Education. Lauren believes that students can expand their opportunities and make more informed college and career choices when they have to learn through career-focused education. When not working, Lauren is usually exploring the great outdoors with her husband, Colin, and their two kids, Frankie and Graham.