Meet MTA: Lauren Reeves, Senior Learning and Development Manager

The Miller Tanner Associates’ (MTA) difference is our people. That’s why we want to introduce you to our team of superstars that brings our corporate meetings and events to life for our customers. Today we introduce you to Senior Learning and Development Manager Lauren Reeves. Lauren’s core strengths of “communication and futuristic” are essential to her role in expanding MTA’s employee training and leadership development programs.

Meet Lauren Reeves, Senior Learning and Development Manager

Strengths (based on CliftonStrengths): Achiever, Communication, Focus, Futuristic, and Woo

Tell us about your current role with MTA. What are your primary responsibilities?  
As the Senior Learning & Development Manager, I am focused on ensuring we have the right tools to support the training and continuing education for new and existing employees. Also, building a Learning Management System that will encompass all generic, role-specific employee training. Further, I will focus on management development and implementing leadership development components to bolster the future growth of MTA employees!  

What did you do before joining MTA?

Before joining MTA, I was the Senior Director of Learning and Development with an Atlanta-based restaurant group with 28 locations & 2K employees. Prior to that, I held multiple roles in the full-service restaurant space, primarily working in learning & development roles.  

What do you feel are the most fulfilling aspects of your job? 
I’ve had the great fortune of having many superb mentors in my career and my passion is creating content/learning systems that are easily digestible and support innovation. The reason I wake up in the morning excited to get to work is because I am able to support others in the pursuit of their goals. My goal is to be an influential leader and mentor. I love being a small part of people’s success stories. 

How would you describe the work culture of MTA? 
MTA has proven to be inclusive, innovative, creatively agile, and (most importantly) FUN! Everyone I have encountered has been welcoming, helpful, and truly happy to be working with MTA as a subject matter expert within their role. I believe that people make places & MTA has some of the best.  

What makes Miller Tanner Associates stand out as a meeting planning company?
Miller Tanner Associates distinguishes itself in the meeting planning industry through several key factors: 

  • Innovative Technology Integration: MTA leverages cutting-edge technology to streamline meeting planning processes. MTA’s proprietary event management software is used to support virtual event platforms, and mobile applications to enhance attendee experiences and optimize event logistics. 
  • Global Reach and Expertise: MTA operates on a global scale, with a network of subject matter experts and partners worldwide. We are “talent empowered”…operating as a collaborative group that is familiar with a variety of cultures, demographics, and numerous parts of the world.  
  • Customized Solutions: Rather than offering one-size-fits-all solutions, MTA takes a tailored approach to meeting planning. We work closely with clients to understand their unique objectives, budgetary constraints, and preferences, crafting customized event experiences that exceed expectations. We are creatively agile & will always be able to present innovative solutions to any meeting plan!  
  • Attention to Detail: MTA is known for its meticulous attention to detail throughout every stage of the planning process. From venue selection and logistics coordination to attendee registration and on-site management, the company ensures that every aspect of the event is flawlessly executed. 
  • Exceptional Customer Service: We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional customer service to our cherished customers. The company maintains open lines of communication, provides timely responses to inquiries, and remains flexible and adaptable to client needs throughout the planning process. 

By excelling in these areas, we set ourselves apart from competitors and consistently deliver high-quality meeting planning services to our customers who are the most important part of our business.

Why do you think that the MTA Workshops are important? What do you value most from this time together? 
Ireland will be my first MTA Workshop but I am eagerly anticipating meeting everyone in person. I believe there is an irreplaceable human connection component that can only be achieved in person and while exploring a city/experiencing new things. I look forward to a time of shared stories, collaboration, futuristic thought, partnership, and growth! 

Where do you live and what do you love most about your state/city? Any must-see tourist spots? 
I live in Marietta, GA, just north of Atlanta. I love the people in Georgia, we are known for hospitality; while the city is home to so many people, there is still a small town & quaint feeling of connection. We have Michelin-star restaurants, mostly sunny and warm weather, Southern hospitality, rich history, and beautiful exhibits of architecture & exterior design. What is not to love?  
I love that we are just a few hours away from Savannah, Sea Island, Charleston, and Murrell’s Inlet. And a few hours in other directions to 30A on the Gulf Coast, and the North Georgia mountains.  
Must-see tourist spots: Marietta’s restaurants – Mac’s Steakhouse & Hamp and Harry’s;  Truist Park where our beloved Braves play; the Fox Theater; and Canoe restaurant. 

What do you do for fun? 
My husband and I stay busy raising our three kids. When we are not busy cheering on a youth sporting event, I enjoy entertaining, exploring new cities both domestically and internationally, interior decorating, cycling, cooking and reading cookbooks, planning fun events, and exploring new wine varietals.  
I am a published author, having written two children’s books of a series: Zooziez -which are books based on teaching attributes & values, “Character-building characters”. Additionally, I serve as the co-chair for the Young Professional Leadership Council for CURE Childhood Cancer. Our group serves CURE’s mission to find support for the families of children with cancer and to raise money for the funding of research around pediatric cancer treatment and therapies.  

To learn more about the MTA Team, visit www.millertanner.com.