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Lauren Dunlap, class of 2010

Lauren Dunlap ’10

St. Francis, Minn.

Why St. Kate’s? Lauren was drawn to St. Kate’s because of its four-year degree in sales with an emphasis on healthcare. “There are no other programs in the country close to this one.”

Favorite course: “I was surprised by how much I liked the Healthcare Economics course. I really learned the most in this class, including how the industry is affected financially and economically in the United States and other countries.”

Outside of class: Lauren is involved in many campus activities, including co-president of Pi-Sigma Epsilon and St. Kate’s Lacrosse team captain.

“All of my activities helped me to grow leadership skills so I can take charge and compete in many different situations in school and the business world.”

Making connections: Lauren competed in the regional Great North Sales Competition in Eau Claire and the National Collegiate Sales Competition in Atlanta to enhance her sales education and professionalism.

“I’m a hands-on learner, so these opportunities helped me to apply classroom theory to real-world circumstances.”

Dream job: Lauren has combined two dreams by pursuing healthcare sales. As a child, she hoped to become a medical professional; as an adult, to work in sales.

“I wanted the opportunity to work with surgeons in the operating room and know that my expertise of a specific product can permanently impact a person’s life.”

Real-world experience: “During the summer of 2009, I interned as an inside sales representative for 3M. The experience helped me become an effective salesperson when the primary means of communication is the telephone.

“This is not only a basic skill that I’ve honed but also a great way to get to know a company, learn how to take care of customer accounts and get prepared for a future role in outside sales.”