About us


Lauren Mendel


As a military spouse, Lauren has pursued her passion for personal finance literally around the globe.  Starting off in Accounting, she quickly became interested in helping people make better money decisions and obtained a Master’s degree in Financial Planning.  She then went on to pass the rigorous CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER exam.   

 Years of experience in the financial industry has set Lauren up to be an effective and outstanding Client Care Specialist (CCS) at Illuminate under Ben and Eddie’s mentorship.  She loves learning about what makes clients tick and leveraging strengths to yield the best possible financial outcomes.   

 In her free time, Lauren wrangles her three wild children (four if you include her husband) and is in constant pursuit of the perfect breakfast taco outside of Texas, which has yet to be found… 

What I’m Currently Reading, Listening to and Learning:

David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell, The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Anything by Adele

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