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Down and Dirty with Lauren Whitaker

Down and Dirty with Lauren Whitaker

What are three items you would bring to a desert island?

I would bring my Kindle, cheese crackers and my iPod

If you could go anywhere in the world where would that be?

Bora Bora.  I’ve always dreamed of being in that little hut surrounded by water.

What 3 people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Scott from the Office (Steve Carell), my Grandma, and my niece

What’s your favorite kind of group to work with?

Definitely Entertainment.  I’m really into music and love to go to different shows and concerts.  I find it cool and exciting being able to prepare for a band or group.

What’s the secret to your success as a Sales Manager?

Communication.  Whether it’s timely follow up or calling just to say hi, always showing your clients and partners some love!

What’s the biggest career risk you’ve ever taken?

Probably moving to DC with no experience in the market and no contacts to reach out to

Do you have any insider hospitality tips for groups traveling to D.C.?

Think outside the box.  D.C. is more than just monuments and museums  

How do you celebrate a big victory at work?

I love the way we celebrate our individual wins as a team.  It’s always fun to cheer each other on when we have a big win.  Also, with a nice glass of Pinot Noir.

What advice do you have for your clients on the best deals?

Don’t always go for the cheapest rate.  Look for things that make the place you stay unique and offer an experience that you can’t find anywhere else, like The Embassy Row Hotel!

Describe someone outside of your field who inspires you?

My friend Cristina.  Her creativity, open mind, outlook on life and how to treat others always inspire me to be the best version of myself I can be.

Down and Dirty with Lauren Whitaker Lauren Whitaker, Ambassador of Happiness, Group Sales Manager

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