A senior at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business, Lachlan believes in always moving forward and finding new ways to express her interests. She started her first business with her siblings at age 13 and discovered her passion for entrepreneurship. The first business was Flipoutz, a fashion accessory for kids that focused on self-expression, and trading and tracking. Lachlan (with her brother, Jake, and sister, Erin) was the first kid on ABC’s Shark Tank. In 2011, Lachlan was honored to be a runner up to ChiTAG’s Young Inventor of the Year, was later featured on PBS’s Biz Kids, and became a national speaker for Independent Youth. This October marks the fifth year that she will travel the country as part of Independent Youth (and Google Digital TrepStart) teaching kids about entrepreneurship. Lachlan also works for Independent Youth as a program manager teaching young entrepreneurs, and has been a speaker at TedXWomen and TedXSLU, and SXSW where she was named one of the “Entrepreneurial Eight” in Student Startup Madness and also moderated a panel on entrepreneurship and Gen Z.
After selling her first business in 2013, Lachlan partnered with her brother Jake in two separate ventures. The first business, Beaux Up (bow ties), is a patent pending twist on the classic self-tie bow tie where bow tie halves can be interchanged on a unique clip allowing a completely customizable experience for the wearer.
The second venture, Trep-ology, is an online platform of bite sized videos of kids teaching other kids how to start and run a business. In development is an app that gamifies entrepreneurship. The Johnson siblings believe entrepreneurial skills like innovation, creativity, problem solving, financial literacy and public speaking, just to name a few, are life skills that make kids successful whether they choose to own their own business as an adult or work for someone else.
At SLU, Lachlan is an active member of the “Diamonds in the Rough Club,” was recently one of three students accepted in the SLU business accelerator, and is a regular part of the Saint Louis entrepreneurial community. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and volunteers with Girls on the Run, Girls, Inc., and Southeastern Guide Dogs. She has earned national recognition for filmmaking and has earned varsity letters in volleyball, soccer, and cheerleading. Lachlan graduated from Woodlawn High School in Davidson NC in 2013 and was honored to receive the Trailblazer Award which is given to a Senior “who leads in word and action, who lives with integrity and honor, and who inspires and supports his or her fellow students.”