Meet New Members Lauren Smith and Dr. Angela Falconetti

Welcome our newest Lakeland Leads members, Lauren Smith and Dr. Angela Falconetti! 

Lauren Smith, Property Manager Director & Senior Advisor, SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate

Lauren Smith, CCIM, CPM, is the Property Management Director & a Senior Advisor at SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate. Lauren has worked in the real estate industry for over 15 years, handling every aspect such as sales, leasing, property management, and site selection, construction management and development. She is a member of the Lakeland Association of Realtors (LAR), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). In 2021, Lauren earned her Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation and also recently obtained her Broker’s license. She serves on the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Florida Southern College.

Dr. Angela Falconetti, President, Polk State College

Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti was named Polk State College’s fifth president in May 2017.

A native Floridian with over two decades of service in three states and the District of Columbia, Dr. Falconetti holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Education from New York University, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida with Instructional Leadership, Postsecondary Education, and Adult Learning specializations. Dr. Falconetti completed an endowed post-doctoral fellowship in Community College Leadership with The University of Texas at Austin while working as a research associate for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. In 2016, she became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Dr. Falconetti has served as adjunct faculty for four higher education institutions, has published more than 25 scholarly papers and book chapters, and has served as editor for two higher education journals.

At the national level, Dr. Falconetti served as Special Assistant to the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges in Washington, D.C. Prior to being named President of Polk State College, she served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Virginia Western Community College, and as Executive Director of the Foundation.

Dr. Falconetti is an active leader in national and statewide organizations, including the Education Commission of the States; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group as a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Talent, Leadership, and Culture Subcommittee; and Florida College System Council of Presidents as Co-Chair of the Media and Public Relations Committee and member of the Steering Committee.

Locally, Dr. Falconetti serves or has completed service to 13 boards and organizations representing all areas of Polk County.