Dynamic Variation:

Lauren Callahan

Convention Services Manager
aka Swiss Army Woman

Lauren focuses on the needs of Michigan-based groups coming to Grand Rapids for meetings and conventions. She helps them with all aspects of planning, coordination, and promotion to ensure a successful event. No challenge is too daunting, no project too complicated, no request too large or too small for Lauren to handle – and she makes it all seem (deceptively) easy. 

That’s likely because Lauren came to EXGR in 2023 with a wealth of experience in fast-paced and detail-oriented positions. She started her career in Live Events on the technical side, working as a Sound Engineer, Stage Manager, Artist Liason, and Production/AV Technician. In 2015 Lauren started working at the DeVos Place Convention Center. She served as an Operations Supervisor, Maintenance Technician, Event Coordinator, Stage Manager at the DeVos Performance Hall, and most recently was the Event Manager. She’s accustomed to working in high-pressure environments!

Bio Bits:

  • She’s working her way through local restaurants in search of the best Reuben sandwich – and is always taking recommendations on a new one to try.
  • Visits Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on a regular basis because “there’s always something new to enjoy and the ‘old stuff’ never gets old.”
  • Loves the “breathtaking” view from Lookout Park – “it makes me feel like I am on the top of a mountain looking down at beautiful downtown GR.”
Lauren Callahan, Convention Services Manager

Lauren Callahan, Convention Services Manager

Photo by Mod Bettie for Experience GR