IWF Leadership Foundation Fellow Alumnae Lauren Anderson was featured in Forbes’ Mentoring Moments podcast as one of the first women to ever be on a SWAT team. Read part of the profile below:
“Have you ever been in a situation where your gut is saying, ‘Do it your way,’ but a person with more power or a bigger title is telling you to do it their way? Tune into this episode of Mentoring Moments podcast and find out how Lauren Anderson, former FBI executive stood her ground and handled that dilemma when three men were pointing guns at her!
“Anderson is a fearless ‘first’— She was one of the first women on a SWAT team and the first woman to run the FBI’s office at the American Embassy in Paris in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. She led the FBI’s International Terrorism Investigations and Operations for the New York Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, where her teams disrupted numerous terrorist plots. After 29 years at the FBI, Anderson retired in 2012. She continues to redefine power through her work as an international geopolitical consultant, including helping women and youth around the world find their power. The shortlist of organizations she works with includes: Vital Voices, Red Dot Foundation/Safecity, The Uncondemned, International Women’s Forum NYC and Take the Lead.
Read the full story from Forbes and listen to Lauren’s podcast here.