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Lauren Roberts is a native of Baton Rouge who attended undergrad and law school at Louisiana State University. She practiced law in Baton Rouge for eight years before moving to Birmingham in 2003 and joining the firm of Lloyd, Gray & Whitehead.  In 2005, she changed careers, becoming a stay-at-home mother and a community volunteer with the Junior League of Birmingham. She served in numerous capacities at the JLB, including Community Vice President, Member Liaison, and President. 

Lauren returned to work in 2018, joining the team at A+ Education Partnership, a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to improve public education in Alabama. She serves as their Vice President of Strategic Communications and Development.

A 2016 graduate of Leadership Birmingham, Lauren serves as President of its Members’ Council. She is also the current president of POLL, an organization comprised of the Presidents of the 50 largest Junior Leagues.

Lauren and her husband, Stuart Roberts, an attorney at Bressler, Amery & Ross, live in Homewood with their three children: Jack, Rosemary, and Evelyn.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I have several reasons I am honored to serve as a Torchbearer in this campaign. First, I am passionate about the Junior League of Birmingham. I love this organization and, more importantly, its members – women who are committed to building a better Birmingham for other women and children. The JLB has provided me with so many opportunities to learn, serve, and grow. I want to pay back what has been given to me.

Second, through my volunteer work with the JLB I have seen first-hand the difference the individual partners of One Place make in the lives of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as the exponential impact they have by working collaboratively. I fell in love with the concept from the moment I heard about it and continue to believe in the mission and work of One Place.

Finally, this issue is personal to me. While I have never spoken about this publicly, I was sexually assaulted in college. I remember having no idea where to go and what to do. As a result, I did nothing. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this effort to ensure other women know exactly where to go to receive all of the resources and support they need.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
I am inspired by Lindsey Tanner, who conceived this fundraiser, believed in its potential, and has supported 60 torchbearers over the past 3 years. I am inspired by those who passed their torch to me, Corey Hartman and Alison Grizzle, both of whom are passionate, compassionate, and committed leaders, striving to improve Birmingham in this and countless other ways. I’m inspired by all of the previous torchbearers, many of whom are dear friends who knew little to nothing about the JLB or One Place, but who decided to invest their time and efforts to raise money for a cause that was bigger than themselves. Finally, I am inspired by all of the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence who have found a way to survive and, against all odds, thrive. They are the true heroes.

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