Winner of the 4th Annual Darlene Townsend Award announced

Darlene Townsend

In 2018, Third Door Media created the Darlene Townsend Memorial Award in memory of our friend and colleague who passed away after a courageous battle against cancer.

This award honors Darlene, comforts those she left behind, and recognizes a current team member for exceptional service to our clients, colleagues, and partners.

Third Door Media employees base their nominations on the following qualities. The recipient:

  • is a reliable team member who is enthusiastic and has a positive attitude even in the face of adversity.
  • supports co-workers by being considerate, empathetic, and flexible.
    embraces innovation and change.
  • goes the extra mile in service of our audience, customers, partners, and colleagues.

This year, the fourth annual Darlene Townsend Memorial Award was presented to Lauren Donovan, Director of Marketing (pictured below), at a recent virtual company-wide gathering.

Lauren Donovan

Lauren has worked at TDM for nearly 9 years – first serving as the social media community manager for the Editorial team, and transitioning to Event Marketing in 2018. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in July of 2021, where she oversees her team’s coordinated efforts to drive registrations, lead generation, and revenue through Third Door Media’s online events.

Those who nominated Lauren highlighted the specific qualities that would make Darlene proud:

“Lauren is the epitome of the exemplary employee. She handles every task fluently and always with a smile on her face. She is very well versed in her area of expertise and is always willing to lend a helping hand across departments.” 

“She not only gives 100+% in her responsibilities, she routinely goes above and beyond by volunteering to pitch in whenever and wherever she is needed and always works in a quick and efficient way. She is very good at summarizing what needs to be done and holding people accountable.”

“She is an exceptional communicator and sets the tone for enthusiasm, respect, thoroughness, professionalism, and compassion toward her colleagues.”

“She is so devoted and committed to Third Door Media. If I owned a business, I’d want someone like her on my team.”

In addition to well-earned recognition, praise, and a cash prize, Lauren also received $1,500 to donate to a charity of her choice in honor of Darlene. She selected the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which you can learn more about here.