Why Palladium - Lauren Elliott

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Lauren Elliott

Each month, Historic Columbia introduces one of its Palladium members.

This series is designed to highlight individuals from HC’s dynamic group of diverse professionals.

Meet Lauren Elliott.

How long have you been involved with Palladium?

Five years.

Where are you originally from?

Long Island, New York.

If you are not from Columbia, what drove you to this city?

My husband is originally from Loris, South Carolina, and was a UofSC Grad. When we met, we realized quickly we needed to settle in a place that felt like home and allowed us to be a part of a community. Columbia is where we landed!

What is your current profession and the name of the organization in which you work?

I am the Client Services Director for a healthcare marketing agency, Entree Health. The group I manage is based in Boston.

Tell us, in your own words, why you became a member of Palladium.

The minute I moved to Columbia, I knew I wanted to take more time outside of work to invest in things that made me happy. Being a part of a community, and better understanding the city that I now call home, was so important to me. I was introduced to the organization by a co-worker at the time, Megan Plott (now staff at HC). Her enthusiasm and excitement for the work Historic Columbia did wowed me. I immediately felt like engagement and volunteering with Palladium would give me a new lens to the city and better understand its past, present, and future.

What is your favorite part about Palladium membership?

My involvement in fulfilling HC's mission to support and protect the heritage of our city. I would be lying if I didn't also say, through great events and activities, I have created a deeper community and met amazing people along the way.

Why is history cool to you?

I have never been a "history buff," but I think what draws me in the most is learning how it impacts the city we live in today. We oftentimes discredit the past because we are living in the moment, but we got here for specific reasons and honoring that is, frankly, cool!

What's your favorite moment in history and/or a historical figure that inspires you?

Maya Angelou has always inspired me. She was a talented American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She once said — "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." I use this to drive my path forward every day.

What is your favorite building in Columbia?

Robert Mills Carriage House. Not only is it rich in history and culture, but it is where my husband and I got married in 2015.

What is the most inspirational program to you, that Historic Columbia is focused on?

My heart lies in Columbia City of Women. From my first engagement in 2018, I was inspired by the idea of recognizing women's achievements, and bringing forward the stories of Columbia's remarkable women. They deserve to be celebrated!