Tarra Kieckhaefer is the Founder and CEO of Network Next Gen. Tarra graduated with her BFA in Interior Design from Iowa State University. After interning with Residential and Commercial/ Hospitality firms as well as a Furniture Manufacturer to get a rounded experience, Tarra ended up working on the Publishing side and worked with Design Magazines for 8 years. (most recently with Luxe Interiors + Design in Chicago, when she came up with the idea for Network Next Gen.)
While working with showrooms and designers, Tarra began noticing a disconnect between the younger generation of designers and sales reps and began to look at how to bridge the gap in an attempt to increase sales with specifiers and support this next generation of Designers. Network Next Gen was born in Chicago in 2016 and now has grown to 13 cities. Typically Network Next Gen hosts exclusive curated events throughout the country where top designers in their 20's-30's talk about design leadership and the day to day struggles of designer life. They now have added more online content initiatives including their Network Next Gen Podcast, as well as the new Network Next Gen Unboxing program- check it out @networknextgen!