As the General Manager for Microsoft North American Human Resources, Lauren Gardner is responsible for providing HR leadership needed to support and grow Microsoft’s largest Sales and Marketing subsidiary. In partnership with the business and HR leadership teams the team’s responsibility areas include: staffing, HR business partners, people and organizational capability experts, and diversity functions.
Lauren has been part of the MSNA (Microsoft North America Sales and Marketing) since 2007 and is currently responsible for leading the Human Resources function to drive the talent acquisition, leadership and management development plans, culture work, employee advocacy and development efforts. Prior to her current position, Gardner served in several HR management and leadership roles for the Entertainment and Devices Division (E&D). Most recently, Gardner worked as the Staffing and Diversity Director for the E&D organization for the past three years where she rebuilt the team and emphasized the importance of talent management with business integration. Prior to that, she served as an HR Director, having supported several of the E&D lines of business including: Xbox, MSTV, Games, and Sales and Marketing.
Lauren joined Microsoft in the compensation organization upon completion of her MBA in 1991. After working in compensation for five years, Lauren made the transition as an HR business partner supporting many of the corporate based sales teams. She has lived in Washington State for most of her life and is a proud graduate of the University of Washington where she holds a B.S. in Psychology and an MBA with an emphasis in HR. A life-long learner, she enjoys spending time with her husband, and two young adult children, as well as other pursuits including gardening, reading and sports. As a foodie, Lauren has passion in eating good food as well as making sure that the community has enough of it to eat. She’s a supporter of Seattle’s Childrens Hospital, the Odessa Brown Clinic (supporting children with sickle disease like her daughter Melissa), as well as the Boys and Girls Club.