Lauren Glenn
Strategic Communication: Public Relations and Advertising major
National Field Trainer–U.S. Patient Services Immunology Nurse Ambassadors, AbbVie Inc.

Why did you declare Strategic Communication as your major?
Growing up I loved books and dreamed of becoming a famous author. When I entered high school, I started engaging with the news and thought I should become a journalist. Unfortunately, reporters and news anchors are forced to share bad news, and that’s when I discovered something called “communications.” Typically, Corporate Communications and in-house Public Relations professionals have more opportunities to share good news with the community. That’s why I chose to study Strategic Communication at Butler University.

What is your current position and how did Butler help prepare you for this role?
I just began a new role as a National Field Trainer for AbbVie Inc., where I facilitate trainings about AbbVie’s immunology drug portfolio for nurses and call center personnel. Prior to starting this job, I worked as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Communications Specialist for NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois.

Butler prepared me by enabling me to create my own Health Communication minor and co-found our Asian American and Pacific Islander Alliance, a student-led club in the Efroymson Diversity Center. Those student leadership opportunities prepared me to take on three internships, one of which I completed with Eskenazi Health. Thanks to my work experience and demonstrated leadership, I feel ready to build a long-term career serving the community as a communication professional.

What is your favorite part of your job?
I am grateful to be able to make a positive impact on members of the community. Butler taught me that you don’t need to be a clinician to get involved in healthcare. In fact, communication and marketing professionals play a huge role in getting the word out to patients in need.

What are your long-term career goals?
I would like to pursue my master’s in the next two to three years. Overall, my goal is to become a leader in the healthcare space and pay it forward to other young professionals.

What advice do you have for current Butler students?
Stay open! You never know how the relationships, successes, and setbacks you encounter as a student will impact your future.