Meet Lauri Baker, SVP Of Sales And Marketing

Meet Lauri Baker, SVP Of Sales And Marketing

We're highlighting noteworthy employees that drive Odyssey's growth.
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At Odyssey, we are hyper-focused on culture— both in our creator communities and our full-time staff. It’s all about building a group of people and an environment that increases the team’s ability to achieve their dreams. We pride ourselves on our culture; it’s what makes us unique.

For our first employee spotlight, we’re featuring Lauri Baker, Odyssey’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

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In her career trajectory, Lauri has authentically connected brands with established platforms. From her start at BusinessWeek magazine to industry leaders like Yahoo and now Odyssey, Lauri’s journey can be summarized by one simple goal: to be “a disruptor to the status quo.”

“I take that with me everywhere I go,” she explained. Before joining Odyssey in March 2016, Lauri demonstrated expertise as an industry pioneer at The Huffington Post. She launched an entirely new business around native publishing through the HuffPost Partner Studio, which drove 30 percent of their revenue. In her time at Yahoo, Lauri developed content-driven experiences leveraging client-owned data with brands like Coke and Kraft Foods.

This week, we chatted with Lauri about her thoughts on our unique brand, our culture, and Odyssey’s future.

What is it about Odyssey that allows you to seek new perspectives in your career?

“The model. The vision of the leadership. The fact that we have a culture code. I have yet to be at a company with one. HuffPost had a cool culture, but there was no code. It’s really inspiring, the fact that we have one.

I pride myself on getting stuff done. Disrupting and building. I love to build. It’s funny, my son and I spend the majority of our time together ‘building,’ either on the floor with our Legos or digitally with MineCraft. I have always been a builder at my core, and now, I have the opportunity to start a business so disruptive on the ground level— to build the business and the monetization engines.

To come here and actually have my opinions heard and matter, I feel like that’s what motivates me in my career.”

How has your experience across teams at Odyssey been so far?

“Evan has done an amazing job keeping the entire company in the know every single week. The company is built in such a structured way with communication— bottom-up and top down. I am fortunate enough to get exposure across all departments, which is important and something we need to ensure everyone is exposed to.

I was lucky enough to be on Arianna Huffington’s exec team at HuffPost, so I was exposed to business, technology, and editorial on a weekly basis. I feel the same here. I would flip that and say what’s so impressive here is the speed at which we all move. Working with the other business units, we are moving so quickly; sometimes it’s hard to keep up.”

What is your vision for the future of Odyssey?

“Through my sales and marketing lense, there is a significant shift in the industry from reach to relevance. Everything that we do ties back to that shift. I think we are leading the change to where the industry is going, and it’s our opportunity to blaze that trail for all other media companies and platforms to follow.”
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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