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Erica Rallo

Erica Rallo

Marketing and community manager at Quartz
  • Lauren, our colleague Colette, and I would obsess about fun nail art together—often sending each other designs on Instagram and swinging by each other's desks after a manicure. One time we came across a picture of a nail design that spelt the words Girl King across someone’s fingers and we immediately

    Lauren, our colleague Colette, and I would obsess about fun nail art together—often sending each other designs on Instagram and swinging by each other's desks after a manicure. One time we came across a picture of a nail design that spelt the words Girl King across someone’s fingers and we immediately fell in love with the phrase. While at the time it was a fun title to align ourselves with, a sassy Slack bio, and a way of saying that we get shit done—looking at it now I realize that Lauren really was a King.

    She was a force. People listened when she spoke (even if it was in her infamous baby voice). She was an advisor, a role model, and championed for underrepresented voices. She had high expectations for the people around her and inspired so many of us to be better. She was protective, caring, creative, and fun; and like all true Kings, is leaving behind a legacy.

    I feel lucky to have known Lauren both as a professional and a friend—she often blurred the line. Our Slack exchanges are a mix of files she edited for me, cat and niece photos, updates on dating, nail art, plans to hangout together in our neighborhood, words of encouragement and affirmations. I started at Quartz while finishing up grad school and I often feel like I grew up here. Lauren witnessed my growth, cheered me on, and even managed me at one point. She took me under her wing and helped shape who I am here today.

    I will miss her energy, guidance, eclectic fashion choices, and most of all—her friendship.