Hi everyone! I’m Loren Cohen, CEO and founder of The Commons - where education, mentorship, and community come together to accelerate careers in the Tech industry.
We’re building the career development platform that I wanted when navigating big career changes - from pivoting industries and roles to stretching for a promotion. The Commons is a learning community that you become a member of to gain access to interactive learning experiences, mentorship and a powerful professional network that feels like a community of friends.
I started my career on a very different path - as a corporate attorney at a big firm. Despite investing a lot of time in my legal education, I decided to make a big career pivot into startupland and the Tech industry. Why? Like everyone, I’m constantly evolving and changing. It didn’t make sense to tie myself to a career that I decided on at a young age, despite learning so much about myself in the interim. I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial so I took a giant leap towards that, joining a seed-stage startup to build out the Ops function and be a generalist, wearing many hats! It was fun and chaotic. In summer 2020, I decided to continue taking steps towards my goal of starting a company and officially launched The Commons.
Being a founder is a rollercoaster and to keep me grounded, I make sure to take lots of walks with my pup Arlo, commit to frequent workouts and of course, binge watch shows from time to time (recent favorites: White Lotus, The Split, Firefly Lane and guilty pleasures like Emily in Paris). I’m based in Toronto, Canada.
Through my journey, I’ve spoken to and supported hundreds of people in navigating big career challenges (we have over 1000+ alumni!). Ask me anything about career growth, navigating career transitions, breaking into tech, how to strike up a mentoring relationship, or anything else!