Vice President of Human Resources
As Vice President of Human Resources, Lauren Wolf leads the human capital strategies with a strong employee culture of inclusiveness and engagement. She guides the team in nurturing a work environment where employees learn, grow, contribute and excel in their careers. Areas of expertise include employee relations, rewards and recognition programs, policies and procedures, compensation and benefits, health and wellness programs, talent acquisition, performance and retirement programs.
Lauren’s career in Human Resources began at Citicorp, followed by ownership of a successful a licensed daycare business, with a return to corporate HR at Solopak Pharmaceuticals, before joining Edlong in 1997. Under her leadership, Edlong has been recognized and received multiple awards for exceptional employment practices, being named one of the “Best Places to Work in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business, and one of the National and Chicago “Best Places to Work for” by the National Association of Business Resources.
Lauren is certified GPHR, SPHR and SHRM-SCP.
What three words best describe you?
Social, empathetic, thoughtful.
What was your first job?
My first part-time job was at age 14 after school, placing price tags on merchandise in a distribution center. It was a surprisingly well-paying factory job that made me realize that some things are not really worth the money.
If you could give your “teenage self” some advice, what would it be?
Stop arguing with your mother, she’s right.
Name an item on your bucket list that you still need to accomplish.
I aspire to become an artist one day.
Whose legacy has made an impact on you?
Mr. Eugene Rondenet had a great impact on me, as I worked closely with him for ten years. He was the first business CEO I’d ever known who truly cared about the well-being of his employees and their families. This legacy has blossomed at Edlong, through his daughter, Laurette.
What is one “fun fact” not many people know about you?
In 2016, I ran the Maui Half Marathon, achieving a major goal.