Senior Media Strategist Lauren Henninger is obsessed with social media, analytics and…boy bands? Read on and learn more about Lauren, what makes her a curious person, and which '90s dreamboats she’s met on her travel adventures.
1) Tell us a memorable story of yourself when you were a kid. It can be funny, surprising, warm and fuzzy, whatever. Just make it a good one.
I remember when I was 4 or 5 for my dance recital we were doing a routine to the Bengals’ “Who Dey” song. I didn’t like the dance very much. We had to do a somersault and I was terrified I would roll off the stage so during the recital while all of the other girls did the somersault I just stood there until it was time to go to the next move. I’m sure I made my family very proud that day.
2) What is up with you and boy bands? Have you met these bands?
My love for boy bands runs deep and I’m not embarrassed to admit I still love them. I had a hard time resisting a cute guy who can sing and dance as a tween and, well, even now as an adult. Now that I am older it has been fun traveling the world with my friends and reliving our childhood by seeing our celebrity crushes who were plastered on our walls for a better part of our teen years, and seeing the guys get to do what they love. I usually use a concert as an excuse to start planning a trip with my friends. Sometimes we plan months out and sometimes it’s only a few days’ notice. It all depends on when the show is announced and vacation time. Some of my more memorable concert locations have been Las Vegas; Nassau, Bahamas; Central Park and Fenway Park.
I have met these bands a lot over the years. I first started being able to meet them when I was an awkward teenager. I’m so glad taking selfies wasn’t a thing back then. It has been cool to meet them again as an adult. I like to say it has given me a chance to make a second impression with some of them. I was pretty awkward when I first met Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson back in 2001.
3) You like to travel. Where all have you been, and what was your favorite city?
Traveling is something I love and I don’t get to do it enough. Most of my travels have been within North America and on cruises. Usually everywhere I go an adventure of some sort happens, planned and unplanned. I have learned you just need to roll with it when things don’t go according to plan while traveling. NYC is one of my favorite cities. I have visited the area countless times over the last five years and I always make sure to experience new things each time. My favorite time of the year to visit is right as the season is changing from summer to fall. The weather is perfect and Central Park is beautiful with all the trees changing colors. I have had a few memorable trips to the city, from visiting the Blue Bloods set to camping out in Central Park to see the Backstreet Boys. There is so much to do in the city that it hasn’t gotten old going there.
4) What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is when a flight has landed and everyone in the back stands up and moves to the front of the plane blocking everyone in front in their seats. In the end we still deplane row by row and I know when it’s a long flight you just want to stretch your legs (5’10” over here) but it also isn’t fun having people right up on you when you’re just trying to get your bag on your shoulder so you can get off the plane and get to your next flight.
5) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I guess I’d be magical like Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She could teleport, which I would love to be able to do. It would help my travel budget out, and with the point of the finger I could change my outfit and turn someone into an animal. It would be great.
6) What is your favorite movie line?
“Well, no offense to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law—and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.” —Elle Woods
7) What is your favorite food?
I have a slight obsession with peanut butter. I think peanut butter makes everything better. All of my favorite candies and snacks have peanut butter as an ingredient.