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2023 40 Under 40: Lauren Mustoe

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

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As the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s public affairs policy analyst, Lauren Mustoe is a communication liaison. She helps chamber members connect with elected officials and stay up to date on the happenings and issues at the state capital. During her time at the chamber, she’s grown the organization’s legislative e-newsletter subscription list from about 400 to more than 5,000. She also expanded its content to include advocacy updates and topics impacting the business community at the local, state and federal levels.

Each year, Mustoe, 25, organizes The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals Day at the Capitol. Through the event, she encourages private sector leaders to share their experiences with lawmakers.

“It is an honor to prepare these volunteer leaders to share their message,” she says.

Your proudest moment? My mom has worked in the Missouri Senate about as long as I have been alive and is incredibly well-respected. I couldn’t believe the first time she called me to ask for insight on a piece of legislation: a true full-circle and proud moment.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? I often give detailed updates on state legislation to engaged stakeholders, which can be nerve-wracking. Tim Rosenbury shared with me that when it comes to public speaking, people are not there to grade or judge your presentation, but they are there to learn from you.

Favorite podcast? My Favorite Murder, Crime Junkie and Buried Bones.

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