Lauren Ruotolo

Interview:
Lauren Ruotolo

Director, Entertainment Promotions, Hearst Magazines

Born with McCune-Albright syndrome, Lauren stands just over four feet. Despite her disease, Lauren now produces E!’s Style Networks shows for Marie Claire and TV special for The Food Network and Good Housekeeping. Lauren has turned her personal obstacle into an opportunity and recently published her book “Unstoppable in Stilettos: A Girl’s Guide to Living READ MORE »

  • ON Journey

    Q: Please share with us the story of how your professional journey began and has brought you to where you are today.

    A: My career began when I was 16-years old and I applied for an internship at WDRE 92.7FM as a promotions intern after seeing a concert at Jones Beach Theater. I began fascinated with the world of Radio/Entertainment. From that point on I knew I was going to work in the entertainment industry and throughout college I worked at some of the largest radio and TV companies in NYC. Through my tenacity and relentlessness to always work at the best company I was able to meet some great people who believed in my work and helped pave the way to actually become the first ever Consumer Marketing Director at TV Guide Magazine where I created TV promotions that lifted sales almost 150%. Today I continue challenging myself and have landed a job at Hearst Magazine where I create and execute large scale for some of the largest fashion and lifestyle magazines in the industry ala Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Marie Claire and Esquire.

  • ON Leadership

    Q: What are 3 characteristics that you believe define great leadership?

    A: Forward thinker, Imaginative, Provides inspiration to colleagues/staff

  • ON Vision

    Q: It’s hard to focus on the “big picture” sometimes because we can get caught in the weeds of work and life. When does visioning come clearest or easiest for you? Or what inspires your vision?

    A: With a full time career in publishing and being an author I am not sure where I find the time for anything but I always find time to create a Vision Board and when I see things I either write them down or pull them out to add to my vision board. This way when I wake up and go to sleep I look at my vision board for inspiration and the goals (personal & professional) I want to achieve.

  • ON Branding

    Q: What do you believe makes a great brand?

    A: A great brand represents a little bit of everything/everyone and never discriminates.

  • ON Perseverance

    Q: What or who in your life gives you the strength to persevere?

    A: Not sure there is one person who offers me the strength to persevere because I believe that you have to find the strength within yourself to make anything possible. The most important people in my life are my parents, sisters, family and my boyfriend, and I always think of the strength they offer for me to do anything I want in this world.

  • ON Happiness

    Q: What do you think is the key to happiness?

    A: You are the key to your own happiness. You need to own the happiness you want in your life.

  • ON Perseverance

    Q: Life is full of setbacks. Can you share an experience of one, and how you were able to bounce back?

    A: My life began with setbacks beginning at 9 months old when I was diagnosed with precocious puberty and then at 2 years old with a bone disease called MCCune Albrights Syndrome but even at such a young age I was able to bounce back each time not because I am resilient, independent and positive but because my support system was always amazing and gave me the strength to be positive and upbeat 99% of the time.

  • ON Self Care

    Q: What are the top 3 things that you do to stay healthy?

    A: Exercise my body and mind, go away when I feel like I am getting depressed and most of all take vitamins and get a check up at least once a year.

  • ON Self Care

    Q: What are the most significant relationships in your life?

    A: My mother, father & sisters, physical therapist from childhood and my boyfriend. All these relationships offer something different but most of all they are all people I can count on for anything and most importantly they will always offer me the right advice. It might not be what I want to hear but it’s what is the right thing to do.

  • ON

    Q: What’s your best buy ever?

    A: Shoes of course!

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