For the “Big Move” section. For those who don’t know you, what can you tell us about yourself to get us up to speed ?
My name is Lauren Hirsh and I was born and raised in the Columbus, Ohio area. I graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with my Bachelor’s of Science in Business and I now live and work in Portland, OR.
Where’d you move to?
Why’d you make the move?
The summer after my junior year of college, I had a product development internship at Victoria’s Secret, working on their sports line, VSX. This was my first exposure into the active-wear industry, where products are driven by performance and innovation, rather than just fashion trends. And, I fell in love with it! I was determined to find a full time job in this industry after graduation. So when Nike offered me a job at their World Head Quarters in Portland, OR, I packed my bags and jumped at the opportunity.
What are your passions and are you currently living out your dream?
Working for Nike has always been a dream of mine. I love learning and experiencing new things and I get to do that every day here from some of the best and brightest people in the industry. I have to remind myself to stop every now and then to look up and appreciate how amazing working for Nike has been.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Portland?
There is so much to do in Portland it overwhelms me! Not only are there amazing bars and restaurants downtown, but you can also drive an hour to the coast or an hour to the mountains. This summer, I went on some beautiful hikes where we stumbled upon hidden waterfalls and gorgeous lookout points- you just don’t find that in Ohio! But, now that winter is here, I’m trying to spend as much time as possible snowboarding at Mt. Hood.
The great thing about Portland is…
…the people! Everyone’s different backgrounds are embraced and celebrated in Portland. Plus, the people could not be more nice and helpful to newcomers.
Was there anything in Portland you had to get used to that you weren’t accustomed to?
How people react to snow. Since Portland is generally a pretty mild climate, the city completely shuts down at any sight of snow. There are very few snowplows in the area and the city doesn’t salt the roads. So when we got more than 10 inches this year (more snow than Portland has seen in 35+ years), the city was out of action for days.
Any upcoming goals that you want to accomplish while in Portland?
I want to take advantage of everything Oregon and the Pacific North West has to offer! I feel very fortunate to live in such an exciting and adventurous area, and I don’t want to waste a second.
And of course we have to ask. Are you UpByFive?
I wish! I will say though, the posts from UpByFive definitely inspire me to work towards an earlier start to my day.