Rani Grube is the director of operations and maîtresse de maison at Château du Sureau, a European chateau estate in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Resting on nine acres and featuring 10 guest houses and a private two-bedroom villa, the property is reminiscent of the Provencal region of France. Learn about Rani Grube…
Hometown: Ruhengeri, Rwanda
First job: Agent at Solidarites, a French, non-governmental organization, in Kigali, Rwanda. The project was to create clean water in rural areas.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: Driving to the beach and hiking. I’m especially lucky to have such amazing trails close by.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Finding positivity after surviving a genocide and raising my siblings with my parents. Learn to live!
The biggest obstacle you overcame: Not giving up [on] humanity.
Someone who inspires you and why: My parents, especially my mother. She was a young bride in an arranged marriage, and she made it work despite the multitude of challenges throughout her life.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Be true to yourself! Your challenges should be your lessons in life.
Favorite quote: “We are made to persist, that how we find out who we are.” –Tobias Wolff
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I survived a genocide.
What makes someone fabulous: Caring, kind, generous and elegant.