About Lauren

Short Bio:

Lauren Lane is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Skepticon, a national conference located annually in Springfield, MO that promotes skepticism, science education and community building. During her tenure as an undergraduate, Lauren held various leadership positions in the Missouri State University Chapter of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a secular student group that revolutionized student activism. She has been a contributor to The Friendly Atheist, MadArtLabs, and has previously spoken at conventions such as Secular Women Work, Secular Student Alliance Convention, FTBCon, and Reason in the Rock.

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Extended Bio:

Lauren Lane attended Missouri State University in the fall of 2005 where she joined the newly formed Missouri State University Chapter of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. During her time with this group, Lauren first began to dip her toes into activism and held various leadership roles. The MSU Chapter of the FSM hosted free speech rallies, concerts, bake sales, and even planned a festival around notorious college campus evangelist Brother Jed to raise money for Heifer International. Her student activism culminated in what would be retroactively dubbed Skepticon, a convention that first began when speakers were invited to Missouri State to expound upon atheism and science.

As Skepticon grew exponentially over the next few years, Lauren stayed on as a key organizer on the executive level. Since it’s first year in 2007, Skepticon has grown from 100 attendees to over 1500. Lauren and the Skepticon team volunteer their time year-round and manage to fundraise over $40,000 annually in order to keep their event free and open to the public.

Lauren currently resides in her home town, St. Louis, Missouri, where she works as both an artist and in the nonprofit arts communty. She is a friendly and engaging speaker. Previously, she has spoken at Secular Women Work in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Reason in the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Secular Student Alliance in Columbus, Ohio.

Topics:

  • Community organizing
  • Event planning and coordination
  • Fundraising, Group dynamics
  • Recruiting and keeping volunteers
  • Social media and marketing
  • Creating and maintaining a brand
  • Nonprofit organizing
  • How to plan an effective meeting
  • Social activism
  • Being Awesome
  • Feminism
  • How to pitch
  • Free tools to keep your organization organized
  • …and so much more!

Speaking Engagements:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • Logicon, 2016
  • Secular Women Work, 2015
  • FtBConscience 3, 2015
  • FtBConscience 2, 2014
  • Secular Student Alliance Convention – East, 2013
  • FtBConscience, 2013
  • Reason in the Rock, 2012
  • Secular Student Alliance Conference, 2011

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Education:

  • Masters of Fine Art, Interdisciplinary Studio, Memphis College of Art
  • Bachelors of Fine Art, Drawing, Missouri State University
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