SEATTLE, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RealSelf, the world's largest community to help consumers make confident decisions about cosmetic procedures, today announced that Lauren Sato has joined as the company's vice president of people. Lauren will head up talent acquisition, team development and core HR practices that foster continued growth. In the past year, RealSelf has doubled its team and intends to continue to a high rate of employee growth.
"RealSelf has a unique, purpose-driven culture. We intentionally sought out a non-traditional people leader to preserve our start-up culture and introduce bold employee practices—instead of cookie-cutter HR processes," said RealSelf CEO Tom Seery. "Lauren's experience developing creative, team-building programs is a perfect fit for RealSelf. She shares our tremendous passion for instilling confidence in all we do and we are excited to have Lauren on board."
Throughout her career, Lauren has served in organizations with a people-centric culture and entrepreneurial spirit. Most recently, she was the chief operating officer at Canopy, a collaborative, locally-focused investment research company, and previously was director of operations and strategy at Year Up, a nonprofit that empowers urban talent to reach their potential.
"Joining the RealSelf team is the perfect confluence of three things I care deeply about: empowering people through access to information, building active and engaged communities, and developing highly effective, healthy teams," said Sato, RealSelf vice president of people. "RealSelf has been uniquely successful at creating a strong culture fairly organically to this point. I consider this opportunity a great privilege, and look forward to picking up that baton and building mechanisms that will launch the team into this next phase of growth."
RealSelf (www.realself.com) is the world's largest community dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge to make confident decisions about elective cosmetic procedures, and connecting them with the right professionals to help. The extensive collection of reviews, photos, videos and doctor answers about cosmetic surgery, dermatology, dentistry and other elective treatments makes RealSelf a trusted resource for consumers who are looking for help beyond the beauty counter. In 2015, RealSelf was named Fastest Growing Private Company in America by Inc. Magazine and 100 Best Companies to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine. The company is headquartered in Seattle.