We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Edwards-Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I don’t believe reward can come without taking a risk. I’m a very optimistic person and my philosophy has always been try to have no regrets in life. When people would say to me “what if it doesn’t work out?” I’d reply “but what if it does?”. I took a risk and moved half way across the world in my early 20s (UK to USA). I took a risk leaving my steady income to open my own business. Taking a risk doesn’t always pay off – there has been learning curves and failures along the way in my life and career but the way I see it is: you become stagnant if you don’t take risk and becoming stagnant is, in some ways, worse than failure.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is an intellectual property company helping inventors and other businesses and attorneys with their intellectual property needs, such as patent searches and drafting assistance.
What makes me really proud of my business is our dedication to our clients. We offer 2 hour maximum response times (even on weekends) so that our clients can rest assured that we are there for them.
I started in the field as an intern and worked my way up to general manager. Opening my own company felt like a natural next step for me. It just felt right. So, with a little encouragement from my husband, I did it! And have never looked back. There are definitely difficult days but I’ve learnt to do something productive towards bettering my company on those days. I’ve also learnt that it’s so important to give yourself some time off. The business needs me as much as I need it and it needs me to be on my A game! At the end of day this is my dream and I am so proud of my company and of myself.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe a lot to my husband, Michael Williams, the best artist and my number one cheerleader. He is always in my corner willing me to succeed.
I also owe a lot to Edwin Wold for his support and mentorship. I’ve learnt a lot from him and he’s always been so supportive of me. I don’t think I’d be where I am without him!