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Lauren Riga

Lauren Riga

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

Lauren graduated with honors from Valparaiso University in 2011, earning a Master’s of Science degree in International Policy and Commerce with an emphasis on emerging markets. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Affairs (2009) from Indiana University Northwest (IUN) and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree (2007) in Political Science and Communications from Rollins College. In 2011, Lauren was inducted into the Athenaeum Honor Society as recognition for her demonstrated leadership and academic achievements.
In 2012, Lauren was appointed to be the first Green Urbanism Director for the City of Gary, Indiana while she also lectured at Valparaiso University Graduate School of Business and hosted a weekly radio show. Lauren has served on several government committees and has been a repeated delegate/advisor to the United Nations. Lauren's international experience also includes competitive academic and professional achievements, including a global science Fellowship with the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) through the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics where she developed, co-authored and launched a global blueprint for the future. 
As a globally recognized professional in smart cities and advanced industries with a background in public policy and emerging markets, Lauren works among global thought leaders and change agents in science, business and public policy advancing ideas to help society innovate. Her work has appeared in the pages of Forbes, New York Times, Nature, Globe & Mail, Internet of Things World News, Inside Indiana Business and more. She is the Founder of Full Circle Solutions, LLC, a smart city and innovation strategy and advisory firm, providing niche services to start-ups and business, academic institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. She is an Associate Faculty Member at IUPUI School of Public & Environmental Affairs, and a contributing analyst for several publications.
Lauren currently lives in Indianapolis with her rescue dog Sophie.
During the 2016 Leading Lights Awards, Lauren was moved by the talent, passion and supportive network that Women & Hi Tech provides in the community, and felt compelled to be a part of helping the organization grow.
Lauren’s goal for Women & Hi Tech is to build bridges by bringing people together around topics that will strengthen, integrate and advance people’s lives, careers and society.

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-riga-4629a126

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