January 23. 2018 3:50PM

Lauren Collins-Cline • 39 • Bedford

What is the best career advice you ever received?

“Find what it is you love to do, and make it your life’s work.” The headmistress of my high school said that at my younger sister’s graduation. She may have been quoting someone else, but those words have always stuck with me and served as a reality check.

Why did you choose your profession?

I’ve always felt like my profession chose me. I’m naturally very curious, I love to write and tell stories, and to engage people. I stumbled into radio while in college and I think that having those qualities helped direct me through my years in broadcasting and into public relations.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

Our community — or at least our perception of it — is shaped by the way we interact with it. When we volunteer, join a community group, fundraise or start a small business, we are adding color and strength to the fabric of the entire community. We share in successes and support each other in setbacks. Giving back, through time, talent, and treasure, is a simple yet beautiful and powerful way to create the place you are proud to live in.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Chill out a little bit and travel a lot more.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

A better perceived dating scene. I think people who are young and professional assume they won’t find a lot of options in New Hampshire — though that’s not true!

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

It’s only a few months away, so I’d like to be doing the same things I’m doing now, but maybe with more sleep?

What was your last major achievement?

Hosting Thanksgiving for 13 people, including overseas guests. Really, I took three days off to prepare.

Volunteer activities: Manchester Police Athletic League Board of Directors (secretary); Grace Episcopal Church (newsletter editor, lay minister and the Cat in the Hat for the annual Dr. Seuss breakfast); Leadership Greater Manchester Alumni Committee; Daughters of the American Revolution; various local fundraising/event committees; past governor Westover School Board of Governors; Foundation for Healthy Communities Board of Directors.