Lauren Sandberg

About

 
 

Audiologist turned product manager. Dog lover. Art admirer. Outdoor enthusiast.

 

 
Lauren
 

Hi! I'm Lauren.

I’m an empathetic product manager and critical thinker with a background in audiology and medical device development. 

A Chicago native, I graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University, where I studied communication sciences and disorders and psychology. I also earned a doctorate in audiology from Rush University with the goal of helping people to hear and communicate better.

Following grad school, I made the move out west to sunny Los Angeles to work for a cochlear implant manufacturer. As a product development audiologist, I represented the patient and clinician - the users - perspective throughout the entire development path, from ideation to launch, always focused on improving the user’s experience with our device and company.

As a clinical specialist within the sales team, I grew even more keenly aware of the audiologists’ and patients’ needs and struggles, and I yearned to better solve their problems on the front-end. Further, perhaps I could even delight and inspire them! Transitioning into the field of product design allowed me those privileges; however, I soon learned that my analytical nature, strategic focus, and keen organization skills allowed me to better harness my passion as a product manager. Though I’ve been told that changing careers is a risky move, as Frederick Wilcox said,

Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

I’m not much of a baseball player, but I am a believer in always moving forward (while reviewing past plays to see what I can learn and how I can improve). My biggest strengths as a product manager are my tenacity and endless curiosity; I can’t help but ask questions and learn from everyone I meet.

Product aside, I also love my rascally Jack Russell terrier, drawing and painting, exploring the LA area, and slowly turning my apartment into a plant paradise.