2018 40 Under 40 Winners

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Lauren Short

Riverside Healthcare
Kankakee, IL

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  1. She leads Riverside Healthcare’s current capital campaign, which is poised to raise about 3x the amount recommended by the feasibility study and more than twice any other capital campaign in the foundation's history.
  2. She conceptualized and activated a community Young Professionals engagement group called PULSE, which has now completed its second 24-month cohort.
  3. Since Lauren became the Annual Giving Manager, she has more than doubled the amount the campaign raises annually.
  4. She has served on the Steering Committee for the United Way's Annual Women's Symposium.

Q & A

  1. How did you get into health care philanthropy?

    As a college student, I interned with ALSAC, the marketing arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That experience gave me great insight for how I might combine my mission-centered interests in healthcare and business via healthcare philanthropy.

  2. Why did you choose to make health care philanthropy your career?

    By nature of the work we do, people are not in our hallways on their very best day. That gives us so much opportunity to interject what may be one of their hardest seasons of their life with meaningful support- not just advanced, quality health care, but also compassion. Our work is rewarding because I know donor investments help us stand ready when patients need it most.

  3. What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?

    I often ask how, not if. I have been bold in taking on goals and projects beyond my experiences while having the right mentors around to believe in me to lead. My career success has very much been the product of learning by doing.

  4. What is your greatest passion and why?

    I am really passionate about learning whether watching a TED talk, reading a book, or listening to the advice of wise leaders around me. I like the quote that says “knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”

  5. What are your future aspirations?
  6. The non-profit sector needs leaders with staying power. I aspire to lead a healthcare foundation and am collecting experiences today that will help me towards that goal.

Lauren Short

Fun Fact:

I grew up in Morton, IL- Pumpkin Capital of the World. Our annual fall festival includes hometown traditions like a punkin chuckin catapult contest and pumpkin chili cook off.