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September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Lauren Petit

Manager, Communications and Community Relations, Saint-Gobain, Worcester

Birthplace: Leominster

Residence: Lunenburg

High school: Leominster High School

Colleges and degrees earned:
A.S., Mount Wachusett Community
College; B.A., University of
Massachusetts Amherst; M.S., Regis

Career highlights: Revamping the Saint-Gobain Abrasives public relations program relating to our partnership with the U.S. Luge Team, which resulted in more than 50 media hits and 15 million media impressions. Also, becoming a lecturer at Regis College, where I mentor students and share my knowledge with future PR professionals.

Community involvement: At Saint-Gobain, I lead the United Way campaign with dedicated volunteer employees, and I'm involved with the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts, Girls Inc. and the YMCA of Central Massachusetts. I serve on the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of New England and participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge each summer.

Ultimate career goal: Continue advancing my career in PR and my work in higher education.

Non-relative you admire most: Audrey Hepburn

Favorite book: “At Risk,” by Alice Hoffman

Hidden talents: I was a figure skater and a member of the former Thunderbirds competitive synchronized skating team.

“If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … invest in my daughter's education and purchase a second home on the southern coast of Maine.”

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