Besides overseeing the content and direction of the magazine, Rauen is a noted speaker at industry events, and as an avid tracker of trends, places, projects, and people, she puts together panels at HD‘s conferences, and has been quoted in various respected media outlets including CNBC and the Washington Post. She is also the founder of HD‘s CitySCENE, a networking event series held in metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and internationally, meant to connect design professionals in each market, as well as NextGen Forum, a conference for the next generation of hospitality design leaders. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, including a master’s in journalism.
Something ILC attendees would never guess about you:
I started a prenatal vitamin-infused water for moms and moms-to-be called Bump Water with my husband. In my spare time, of course. We are now looking for investors to make it a real company (which we are in some talks).
Favorite place to stay when traveling:
That’s a tough one. Depends on why I am traveling. I always try to stay at the latest and greatest or, if not, one of the most storied properties in the area.
MUST have travel item:
My running headphones. I have learned that quick run clears my head for the next event. I can’t run without music, and I can’t run without the Pantronics Backbeat Fit set – they are the only ones that stay in my ears.
Most memorable ILC moment:
When Danny Meyer did a talk about the convergence of fine and casual. He spoke so intelligently, passionately and honestly without notes or cue cards. It still sticks with me and I bring it up often as an example.
Who in the industry inspires you:
I am lucky that I am inspired every day – by the projects that come across my desk to the various people I meet. It’s probably why I have been at my job for 15 years.
Babysitting. Then I was a waitress. I guess hospitality was always in me.
Ha! I have three children under the age of five – who has time to read?