Lauren Ruotolo ’00
“I would tell students to explore every opportunity given to them, because you never know what can happen. Never reject anything that could offer you direction in life, and do not fear taking chances.”
As director of entertainment promotions at Hearst Magazines in New York City, Lauren develops strategic partnerships with television and cable networks, music labels and movie studios. She recently helped produce the E! Entertainment Style Network show Running in Heels, which focuses on the inner workings of Marie Claire fashion magazine. She is currently working on three one-hour specials with Scripps Networks for Esquire, The Food Network, and Good Housekeeping magazine. Lauren’s success has been hard-won. Born with a rare genetic disorder known as McCune-Albright Syndrome, Lauren stands 4 feet 2 inches tall. Throughout her life, Lauren has met this challenge with determination, faith, bravery, and love from her family and friends. Her first-person essay “Get Shorty,” published in Marie Claire magazine in 2009, shared her philosophies about living with McCune-Albright Syndrome. She recently published her first book, titled Unstoppable in Stilettos — A Girl’s Guide to Living Tall in a Small World, where she discusses her struggles and achievements.