LAUREN FINALIST FOR GEELONG AWARD

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Lauren Solomonson (Fr'12) is one of ten finalists in the Geelong Advertiser Women of the Year Awards. Nominated by a colleague for the award, The Geelong Advertiser reports "Lauren works tirelessly as a volunteer member of Women in Local Democracy to encourage Geelong women, in particular young women, to run for local government in the upcoming 2020 Council elections. She is passionate about Geelong (despite being a one-eyed Hawthorn supporter) and cares about her community. Lauren was recognised as a 2019 Geelong Youth Award winner and now works as a Lawyer at Coulter Roache. She has personally run donation drives for Geelong Animal Welfare Society and Share the Dignity, and fundraisers for Ovarian Cancer Australia and RSPCA Victoria, supported by her employer Coulter Roache.

As a recent law graduate from Deakin University, Lauren is Marketing Director for the Deakin Law School Alumni Chapter, where her work is driven by her desire to connect like-minded young professionals and support them in their search for employment in an increasingly competitive job market. A proponent of workplace wellness, Lauren strives to run events at work that encourage staff to get up from their desks, unwind, stretch their legs, and form meaningful relationships with colleagues. She is a phenomenal advocate in all that she does, and truly embodies what being an innovative, courageous, passionate modern woman means."

Lauren is one of those people who seizes every opportunity life affords them. Upon her graduation from Deakin University in 2019, Lauren received the Vice-Chancellor's Medal for Outstanding Contribution to University Life. These medals are awarded to student's who, during their time at Deakin University, have made an outstanding contribution to the life and work of Deakin University. This may include membership of Council, work within organisations such as the Deakin University Student Association or other clubs and societies, leadership roles in elected positions within the University, fostering a sense of community within Faculties or Schools. Each year, up to 2 medals are conferred on graduating students for each Faculty. Lauren received the medal for her work as a Marketing Officer, and then President, of the Deakin Law Students' Society Geelong and her associated roles on the Deakin Law School Advisory Board and Deakin Law School Alumni Chapter Committee.

As mentioned above, in July 2019 Lauren was the recipient of a Geelong Youth Award. These awards aim to recognise and celebrate young people who have made significant contributions in the areas of leadership, community work, personal care for others, social justice, sport and the arts. The Awards are open to young people aged 12 to 25 years, who live, work or learn in the Geelong region. Lauren was nominated in the Leadership and Positive Role Model category.

The Leadership category recognises young people who have demonstrated leadership within their community through school, work or other pursuits and is regarded by others as a good example. Lauren was nominated for her work with the Deakin Law Students’ Society Geelong, Deakin Law School Advisory Board and Deakin Law School Alumni Chapter, all activities where she has built stronger relationships with local law firms, helped connect students with leading employers and assisted the next generation of legal professionals transition into the workplace.