TCG Places AVP of Human Resources at United Educators

BETHESDA, MARYLAND – United Educators has placed Lauren Bediako as their new AVP of Human Resources. Managing Partner, Nat Schiffer, and Recruiting Director, Kristen Perez led and placed the key HR search.

We’re thrilled to welcome Lauren Bediako as the new AVP of Human Resources at United Educators. Lauren’s extensive experience and dedication to fostering an inclusive and empowering workplace culture make her an ideal fit for this role. Her leadership will be instrumental in driving UE’s success and ensuring the well-being and growth of its employees. Our partnership with United Educators highlights the depth and breadth of our team from our Marketing Team, our Research Team, Pam Noble and her incredible expertise in the DEIB space, the deep assessment and candidate development performed by Kristen Perez, as well as myself.  We all rolled up our sleeves to accomplish this placement on behalf of our client while providing our very best service to both the client and the candidate,” Nat Schiffer stated.

As the AVP of HR for UE, Lauren plays a pivotal role in nurturing and enhancing an already thriving culture of employee empowerment and well-being. Within this professional yet congenial environment, the HR function is not just a support pillar but a driving force behind the company’s success. Lauren leads by exemplifying a commitment to employee satisfaction, ensuring that policies and programs align with the company’s ethos of valuing its workforce. She will champion initiatives that promote work-life balance, career growth, and diversity, leveraging a high performing HR team that’s recognized for its strategic insights and operational excellence. As the AVP of HR, Lauren won’t only be working with policies and procedures or transactional HR; She will be fostering a workplace where employees feel heard, valued, and motivated to contribute their best, ultimately fueling the company’s continued success and positive culture.

“I am thrilled and honored to join United Educators as the AVP of HR! The opportunity to contribute to an organization dedicated to helping educational institutions navigate challenges and fulfill their mission is incredibly exciting. I’m excited to bring my passion for HR to this role and work alongside such dedicated colleagues,” Lauren shared.

Lauren Bediako is a highly accomplished Human Resource Executive, boasting over 15 years of progressive leadership experience. With a robust background in directing and overseeing strategic HR initiatives, she has held pivotal roles in senior human resources management across diverse industries. Renowned for her expertise in crafting talent strategies, Lauren is instrumental in enhancing employee engagement to drive company performance and foster business growth. Her exceptional track record shines through her proficiency in recruitment, development, and retention of high-caliber performers and leaders. Additionally, Lauren’s influence extends beyond her organizational roles, as she actively contributes to the HR community through speaking engagements at conferences and her involvement as a CHRO Evanta Governing Body member.

About United Educators

United Educators (UE), a reciprocal risk retention group, is a licensed insurance company owned and governed by about 1,600 members representing K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States. UE members range from small, private schools to multi-campus public universities. The value of UE membership extends far beyond the insurance policy. Member institutions have access to our education-specific risk management resource library, including media, online courses, and publications.

About The Christopher Group

Through its award-winning, customized HR solutions, The Christopher Group (TCG) delivers critical human capital solutions in the area of executive HR search, interim HR leaders, fractional CHROs, and HR advisory and consulting. Since 1998, TCG has served clients across all industries, locations, company sizes, and verticals. Staffed by former HR professionals and highly trained search practitioners who have sat in the job, TCG has been named one of the Fastest-Growing and Best Non-Profit and Diversity Executive Recruiting Firms by Hunt Scanlon as well as Forbes’ 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 list of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms.