Lauren White
Executive Director, UpDayton

Lauren White is a social entrepreneur working dual roles in media and community development. Throughout her career, she has found unique ways to engage people in creating together, with purpose.

As the CEO of Indigo Life, a video marketing agency and online TV station, Lauren uses storytelling as a tool to strengthen movements.

Personally affected by the opioid crisis in Dayton, Ohio, Lauren led a group of filmmakers in creating a video campaign that shared stories of recovery which earned national attention from Forbes and Huffington Post.

A founder of Nucleus CoShare, Lauren worked with several other businesses and entrepreneurs to create the nonprofit coworking space as a way to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem which was successfully acquired by The Entrepreneurs Center in 2018.

In her current role as executive director of UpDayton, she is responsible for leading the mission to inspire and empower young professionals to create a community they're proud to call home through organizing volunteer-powered community projects.

Lauren developed an entirely new program curriculum to better prepare young talent in feeling confident about their ability to make a difference. The UpDayton Project Incubator is a nine-month workshop series teaching individuals and teams how to build processes, leverage volunteer power, and bootstrap resources to accomplish a community project of their choice.