The desire to help others and impact the community has lived in Lauren Gstalder’s heart since her childhood days in upstate New York, but after earning a University of Tampa degree in Government and World Affairs, she started her career in the corporate world.
But when Lauren gave the American Cancer Society her time, she got a gift in return: the realization she should be recruiting donors and volunteers instead of recruiting for a national healthcare company. “I started as a front desk volunteer,” Lauren said of her introduction to the cancer society. “I noticed that the staff were genuinely happy and better yet, were able to impact the lives of so many. These observations are what inspired me to leave sales/recruiting and change course for a more fulfilling career.”
That change saw her rise through the ranks at ACS and eventually serve the nonprofit as National Managing Director, Distinguished Partners and Events.
Now Lauren brings her experience to United Way Suncoast as the new vice president of individual philanthropy. Throughout her 12-year career with ACS, she exceeded revenue goals and led teams responsible for driving strategic initiatives specific to donor engagement. She’s skilled at creating revenue plans, achieving financial targets, and developing staff members to their greatest potential.
Through it all, she’s sustained her passion for community care in Tampa as an active member of several volunteer organizations. She’s also served in a variety of leadership roles with such groups as the Junior League of Tampa, the Heart Gallery, and the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.
“As a child, through college, the beginning of my career and still today, supporting the community and making a positive impact on others remains a personal core value,” Lauren said. “I’m thrilled for what’s ahead with United Way and all that we can accomplish together.”
Lauren and her husband, Chris, have two daughters and one lovable dog. She spends her free time traveling, hiking or on the beach.