Meet Our Officers: Lauren Rudman, Vice Chair

Written By Kathie Zipp

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In addition to her enthusiasm for Cleveland, Lauren has a passion for HR. She currently works as director of human resources at Donley’s, a construction company. Lauren has also worked in HR roles for the Greater Cleveland RTA, ERICO and Pentair and served as president of the Cleveland Society of Human Resource Management. In addition to her involvement with Engage! Cleveland, Lauren has also served on boards for Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), Malachi House, and the CSU Alumni Association.

Lauren is a born and raised Clevelander, getting her undergrad at Miami University and then returning to the area to get her Master’s at Cleveland State University. We caught up with Lauren to learn more about her work and love of Cleveland. Get to know her better by reading her responses to our questions below!

What are you most excited about as an officer of Engage! Cleveland?

I am most excited about the events we have in store for 2020 for our employer members. We continue to provide top-notch professional development and networking events for attendees and I see this getting better and bigger next year.

Photography by Kamron Khan Photography

Photography by Kamron Khan Photography

What do you love most about Cleveland and working in it?

Tough question. I love the grit within the people of our city. I also love the lake, our sports teams and civic community. Working here, there’s access to leadership and two degrees of separation from people. I love that connecting is really easy here.

Where are your go-to spots or activities?

Ohio City for drinks (plenty of great breweries to choose from) and Tremont for dinner (favorites are Fahrenheit or Dante). I’m working on completing the Cleveland Brewery Passport and checking out new restaurants along the way.

What do you think is going to be a game changer for the city?

The ability to attract companies here, which in turn provides jobs and stimulates the company. The work of Team NEO and others are crucial to this city.

Where do you see Cleveland in five years and what is your biggest hope for our community?

SUPERBOWL WINNERS! (C’mon Brownies!) I see Cleveland’s downtown continuing to be a destination to live, work and play. I see more activity along the lakeshore (more condos/apartments, restaurants, parks). I see more companies having their headquarters here. My biggest hope is that people start and/or continue getting more involved in our community. We need more diverse talent and thought leadership in our government, nonprofits and educational institutions at all levels.

What would be your advice to young professionals in the Cleveland community looking to grow personally and professionally?

Get involved, get involved, get involved! Our community needs you and your leadership. Find one organization that you are passionate about and reach out. You never know the opportunities that will arise from your participation.

Photography by Caitlin Antje LLC

Photography by Caitlin Antje LLC


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Kathie Zipp is a writer and producer for Flex Media, a video marketing company based in Cleveland. She has also served on Engage! Cleveland's leadership council for several years. Kathie is a lifelong Clevelander and loves the opportunity to continue learning about the city and its businesses and organizations, while making connections and helping companies grow along the way.

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