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The history of athletics is fraught with gender imbalances that still persist today. As one of the first female decathletes, Lauren is part of a group of women working to shift those imbalances. Here, she shares her story to highlight not only the gender disparities that exist is sports, but how they are intertwined with gender-based discrimination and harassment beyond the playing field.


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Lauren Kuntz

Lauren Kuntz

As an undergraduate at MIT and then a PhD student at Harvard University, Lauren Kuntz developed a fascination for climate dynamics and the hurdles we must overcome to reach a low carbon future. After studying climate and energy for nearly a decade, she decided to step away from academia to help translate ideas into reality. She currently works as the co-founder and CEO of Gaiascope, an energy startup building software to forecast grid dynamics and accelerate our transition to a low-carbon future.

When she’s not thinking about energy and climate, you can find her running around a track. Since picking up pole vault while at MIT, Lauren has become one of the first female decathletes and icosathletes fighting for gender equality in track and field. She is a world champion and American record holder in the Icosathlon (double decathlon), as well as a 3 time All-American in pole vault. She also serves on the athlete advisory board for the US Center for SafeSport – an organization committed to building a sport community where participants can work and learn together free of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and misconduct.