Lauren Maduri is a Registered Nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and escaped the 12-hour shift grind to work behind the scenes at a large executive health clinic. Lauren reports results and discusses their implications and management, provides patient education and counseling, and responds to all sorts of medical inquiries. Lauren is one of my closest friends and it has been such a pleasure watching her grow into the elegant, intelligent, competent professional that she is today!
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What’s the dress code at your office?
A notch above business casual. Suits aren’t required, but our dress code is still fairly strict. We also don’t have a dress down Friday. I know. Dark wash jeans, stylish pumps, and a blazer? Not for this lady.
Describe your ideal career in five words.
Challenging. Inspiring. Exciting. Rewarding. Informative.
Describe your professional style.
Classic, simple, feminine. I tend to gravitate towards timeless pieces with clean lines, but keep things interesting with fun shoes and accessories.
What is your go-to outfit for work?
A pencil skirt and blouse or thin knit sweater. Pop on a statement necklace and I’m good to go!
What is your favourite item from your work wardrobe?
Definitely my Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote. It’s structured without being too bulky, and fits everything and anything you can throw in it.
What is one trend that you consider inappropriate for the office?
Clearly visible lingerie under sheer blouses. Camisoles are a girl’s best friend!
Do you feel that you are treated equal to your male coworkers?
Yes. There are actually more women working at my office than men, but there is no favouring one way or the other. Everyone is absolutely treated as equals.
Does it bother you when people use gendered terms like “bossy”, “cute”, “feisty” and “high-strung” to describe women?
Given that they are terms used to describe women (usually with negative connotations and/or meant as criticisms) that would never be used to describe men, yes.
If you could go back and give yourself a piece of career advice five years ago, what would it be?
Take chances and never sell yourself short.
Who is your style icon?
Kate Middleton. Oh, how I would love to sift through her closet (which is likely the size of my house...) for a day!
What is the last book you read?
The Emperor of All Maladies. It’s a “biography” of cancer that is well-researched, well-written and downright fascinating.
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