Lauren is a wealth of knowledge, having over 12 years of experience as a Technical and Engineering specialist recruiting in the building and civil construction markets. She holds a degree in psychology, accreditation in behavioural interviewing and psychometric testing, and isalso a certified organisational coach. And, most importantly, she’s also a Mum. In her initial work years, she spotted a market gap and sawpotential for a unique business approach. Rather than just working in recruitment, she aimed to form lastingp artnerships with clients, ensuring meaningful results through effective talent management. She wanted to address a common complaint: agencies not listening. Soshe chose to listen.

And so, Karan & Co was born, a recruitment consultancywith a difference, and a place Lauren is proud to call herown. What makes her agency stand out is that they gobeyond the initial hiring process and stay through theonboarding of a new team member. They help companiesfind the right people, and they also help people find theright companies.

Lauren believes in paving the way for a new way of working.She didn’t want to be a stay-at-home mum, but she alsowanted to remain engaged in the work she enjoyed doing.She had to find somewhere where she could create a newway of working for others just like her. It’s why she created the business, and why she strives tofind positive ways to make sure people can find a happybalance in life.

The Building Doors Podcast came about after being stucktoo long indoors during the Covid pandemic, and trying tobalance having kids while still maintaining her business.Lauren created the podcast to give a voice to people whowere paving their own way. The podcast is about diversity,inclusion, recruitment, attraction, retention, talentshortages, and, of course, the juggle of motherhood. As a sought-after industry leader, Lauren’s expert advice and viewpoints have been published in HR Leader, IT Wire,Inside Small Business, Kochie’s Business Builders andDynamic Business across a range of topics. She’s also beeninterviewed for radio, podcasts and by other businessleaders for her insights on organisational culture, andbusiness management and leadership business will thrive.

When did you start your business?


What was the inspiration behind starting this business?

To find a more partnered way to support our clients and provide an environment for working families to balance work and home

What are you most excited about in your business?

Helping companies grow their business while helping Mums work and inspire their families

What has been the most challenging thing about starting your business?

Being a Director can be lonely at times and you are constantly making decisions you aren’t prepared for

What advice would you give to other women thinking about starting a business?

Do it on your own terms- you can make it happen and success is how you define it in your own life. Don’t compare and really own what you value in life

Why did you enter the AusMumpreneur Awards?

To show it can be done and we can honour the role of family and work collectively

What did you enjoy the most about being part of the awards?

The amazing community and supportive women

What surprised you most about the awards?

How many people have struggled and persevered just like me

How did the awards help you in your business?

So much awesome exposure and inspiration

What advice would you give to other mums thinking about entering the awards?

If you don’t put yourself out there you will never know what is possible

What has been the best thing about starting your own business?

The impact we have had on the families of the people who work for me and the clients we partner with

What’s happening next in your business?

Launching a coaching program section in 2024

What are your big plans for the future?

To grow and help more companies achieve hiring success.

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