Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Kuehner, Proctor and Gamble

Eller PDC Alumni Stories

Lauren KuehnerLauren has recently been promoted from a sales rep to Category Account Executive for Duracell Professional, a division of Proctor & Gamble. Congratulations, Lauren!

Tell us a little about yourself back when you were an undergraduate student.

In 2012, I graduated from the Eller College of Management with a dual major in Finance and Entrepreneurship.  As a student, I was actively involved in campus – I held several positions within Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Additionally, I worked in the Eller undergraduate office as the FESO (Federation of Eller Student Organizations) Coordinator and was a member of the Sage and Silver Society.

What has your career path been like since graduating?

While an intern for Procter & Gamble, I worked in Seattle on the Costco Team focusing on beauty brands and personal health care.  I sold in a test to grow our mix at Costco in beauty and launched a new product with the customer.  It was a multi-million dollar impact I made in three months. When I graduated, I moved to Minneapolis to take on a role in our Salon Professional Division as a Regional Business Manager calling on the largest salon distributor in the United States.  I manage the relationship with 32 distributor representatives to develop long-term business strategies and grow both horizontal and vertical distribution in Color and Hair Care. In June, I will be moving to Cincinnati to do Market Strategy and Planning (MS&P) for Duracell Professional.

How did you distinguish yourself in the competitive P&G environment?

In 3 short years, I have worked across 3 business segments in 3 cities for over 8 brands.  I stay competitive by adapting to new business environments and engaging in roles that stretch my potential.  Working for a company like Procter & Gamble allows you to have several careers within one organization.

What did you gain from the Eller Experience, and what advice do you have for current students?

One of my favorite experiences while attending Eller was the opportunity to network with thought-provoking executives such as Bob Keegan, Howard Shultz, Robert Gates, and Warren Buffett.  I cherish these interactions and often reflect on the words of wisdom each esteemed businessmen shared on leadership.

“Be flexible.  The global business environment is fluid today.  The likely environment you will encounter and hopefully conquer over your careers will be more fluid than you and I can envision today.  So, embrace change.” – Robert Keegan, CEO Goodyear Tires

“Great entrepreneurs must have the curiosity to see around corners and the courage to execute.” – Howard Schultz , Chairman & CEO Starbucks

“Common decency builds respect.  In a democratic society, respect is what prompts people to give their all for a leader, even with personal sacrifice…Moral authority moves people to follow a leader of their own free will” – Robert Gates, United States Secretary of Defense

“Do what makes you tap dance…Work for the person you admire most.” – Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO Berkshire Hathaway