Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Fractor.
Hi Lauren, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Ladies of Los Angeles was born four years ago and it has been quite a ride! I was feeling a loss of community, connection, and comfort with myself and my surroundings. I was in between jobs after grad school, still healing from a really bad breakup, and had very few friends since moving back to CA (or those friends moved away).
I craved friendship and connection, but as an adult didn’t know where to find it. So, I created a Facebook group in another Facebook group to meet women local to LA. What started out as 50 members, grew to 2,000 before the pandemic. What went from 2,000 became 5, 10, and now 14,900 and growing.
Through in real-life meetups, I’ve made countless friends and connections and I want others to do the same! The next stage of this endeavor is only beginning as I am embarking on this entrepreneurial journey with a lot of support by my side. I wanted to create a safe and supportive environment for women to make new friendships, find local LA-based resources and support, and feel less lonely in a massive city. I have an amazing moderator team and together we are on our way to making some of the most exciting and fun events for women in Los Angeles to attend. This is just the beginning!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been an easy process and there has been challenges that I have encountered with running a massive Facebook group, as well as a full-time career. Some of those challenges have been learning to communicate with a variety of personalities, learning how to manage a group of almost 15,000 while always staying true to my mission and core values, and knowing when to step away and take some time for myself.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
By trade, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and in creating Ladies of Los Angeles, I am always trying to enhance the mental health of my members by giving them a sense of community. My work with clients has been profound and exciting and I am passionate about helping others navigate everyday life stressors and learning to cope with some of life’s biggest challenges. I am also a podcast co-host of a mental health podcast called Dope Sh*t My Therapist Says, where we discuss mental health topics, bring on guests who discuss how they navigate their own mental health challenges in their professions and create tangible tools for folks to use in their own mental health journeys. The work I do with Ladies of Los Angeles has created a symbiotic relationship with my professional work. I am proud that I get to use my professional experience and education to provide a safe and supportive environment through multiple outlets.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
The most important lesson I learned from the pandemic was the necessity for folks to interact with others, which has become an obvious challenge in the absence of in real-life contact. Everyone needs a support system and my group grew exponentially during the pandemic.
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