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Lara Christenson

Lara Christenson, MBA

Senior Industry Advisor




Lara is a Senior Industry Advisor for the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and manages the northeast region of Indiana.  She works with organizations within her region to provide trusted consultation, training, and technical assistance services.  Through the complete offering of Purdue MEP services, Lara delivers high value, cost effective solutions to drive improvement, streamline processes, spur growth, and ultimately increase competitiveness.


Lara has spent 20 years in food and hospitality sales with 11 years specifically in food manufacturing sales management.  During that time, she has worked in foodservice with national distributors and accounts and also contract manufacturing with national brands.  She has extensive experience in project management for both external and internal initiatives and collaborated in the development and implementation of project management systems.

Skills & Expertise:

  • Project Management
  • Strategic and Long-Term Planning
  • Change Management
  • Customer Development
  • Marketing and New Product Development
  • Sales Systems
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Sales and Sales Leadership



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