Meet Distillery: Lauren Akai, Human Resources Super Star

At Distillery, our amazing employees are at the center of everything we do — And they deserve to have the spotlight!

In our “Meet Distillery” series, we introduce you to some of the talented experts who help us (and our partners) bring ideas to life.

Today, we’d like to introduce Lauren, our Global People Officer!

Lauren, Global People Officer

Introduce yourself, your background/expertise, and your position at Distillery

I am the Global People Officer for Distillery, based out of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. I have 15 years of experience in human resources, organizational development, change management, and business transformation.

Given your work experience, what are the biggest strengths that you bring to your role at Distillery?

I feel that my biggest strength is that I have led and grown the human resources function at several global consulting and staffing organizations. This experience has helped me remain agile, think strategically, and make decisions quickly, which is especially important in rapidly growing and changing organizations like Distillery. 

What attracted you to Distillery?

The rapid growth and the ability to build a strong Human Resources team globally.

What has been your favorite part about being on the Distillery team?

The teamwork and collaboration here.  Everyone is willing to roll up their sleeves and work together to tackle problems and find solutions to move our growing business forward. 

What do you wish more people would ask/talk to you about?

What is our purpose?  I think everything in life starts with a purpose, whether it is an organization, an individual contributor, a leader, etc. If you start out understanding the purpose, you will be able to better achieve the outcome. 

Coffee or tea? How many cups are in a normal workday?

Coffee! I only drink one cup technically but it is a big thermos. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Spending time with my family consists of my husband and 7-year-old son. Going to the beach. Watching my son’s baseball games and going to Jacksonville Jaguars games even though they lose most of the time. 

What are three to five hashtags that describe you (both personally and professionally)?

#BaseballMom #TeamPlayer #PeopleOriented

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What’s your favorite movie/TV show? (Or what movie/TV show did you last watch?)


What is your ideal vacation?

Anywhere that has a beach.