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Panelists Discuss Women in Design Leadership During Inaugural Dinner+Discourse Event

February 6, 2020

Hightower co-founder and CEO Natalie Hartkopf talks to interiors+sources editor-at-large Robert Nieminen about the recent Dinner+Discourse event in Seattle where she participated in a panel discussion about the role of women in design leadership, and how the industry can become more equitable. 

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Hightower Co-Founder & CEO Natalie Hartkopf has been integrally involved in the development and growth of our company since the beginning. Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of Seattle’s top CEO’s, Natalie is a member of the 2018 class of “40 Under 40.”

Natalie works closely with our global designers to identify unique, fresh, and functional pieces—many of which are then manufactured in the US; a model that sets Hightower apart while setting up interior designers to stand out in a highly competitive field.

A University of Washington grad with a degree in International Economics, Natalie champions involvement with the design community through membership in associations such as IIDA, believing these affiliations are foundational to the vitality of our relationship-based industry.  

In addition to leading Hightower, Natalie’s non-profit work is very important to her. A current Board Member of Reading Partners Seattle, Natalie received the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for her tutoring work at a Title I public school. Natalie is passionate about contributing consistently to the student she works with as well as educational causes overall.

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Robert Nieminen | Chief Content Director

Robert Nieminen is the Chief Content Director of i+s and BUILDINGS media brands, and an award-winning writer, editor and design industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry.