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Laura Rincon
Marketing & Operations Specialist, Bain Innovation Exchange

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you work? What do you do for fun? 
    I work as a Marketing & Operations Specialist at Bain Innovation Exchange (Bain & Company). With the BIE team, we work with the startup ecosystem, venture capital, and large corporations to promote innovation.

    I do many things for fun: rock climbing, running, yoga, backpacking, traveling. During the warmer months, I spend most of my weekends hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Starting in December, you can find me on the ski slopes! I love to explore new places, new activities. 
  2. What motivated you to join United Way’s Young Leaders Society?
    The Young Leaders Society has everything I have been looking for in a networking group. I love that we do meaningful work while getting to know other young professionals and have fun.
  3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
    Don’t try to impress everyone! I learned the hard way that if I work hard to make everyone happy, I end up unhappy and unsatisfied. Work on things/projects/dreams that make YOU feel energized, happy, and let go of all the expectations of others.
  4.  What would you say to other young professionals looking to get involved in the community?
    Get to know as many groups and volunteer opportunities as possible! It’s all about finding something that you are passionate about and where you feel you belong. Find a cause that you are passionate about, and volunteering will feel like a vacation. 
  5. If you could change one thing about our community, what would it be and why?
    I would focus more on important life skills in schools, including financial education (budgeting, credit, etc), as well as communication and negotiation skills. Without parental support, it’s incredibly hard to understand the financial system and the real consequences of loans. 
  6. Favorite Book and TV Show: 
    It’s hard to choose, I love the Harry Potter series and Becoming from Michelle Obama.
    Favorite tv shows: Gilmore Girls (2000’s classic) and Lucifer.
  7. Little known fact:
    I’m half Colombian and half Hungarian. I was born and raised in Hungary, but I spent a year in Colombia when I was 16. I even regularly cook meals from both cultures!