Member Spotlight: Lauren Bates

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Spotlight: Lauren Bates

Lauren Bates

Your current Company: 
Konami Gaming, Inc

Your current Title: 
Vice President - Games Sales West

How long have you been in a Lean In Circle? 
3 years

For you, what, so far, has been the highlight of your circle?
I have the most incredible group of women in my Circle. Each of them a powerhouse in their aspect of the gaming industry. We have navigated, supported, and celebrated many personal and professional challenges/successes together throughout the last 3 years. 

Tell us one thing about you that you are most proud of (personally or professionally).
2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year but, it has also given me two of my greatest gifts. My son Will was born January 13th and after 14+ years at Konami Gaming, Inc; I was promoted to VP of Sales. 

What advice would you have for someone new to a Lean In circle?
Be your authentic self at all times, don't be afraid to be vulnerable (your circle is a safe space), and ask for help if needed. GGW has an extensive network of women in gaming to assist with your personal and professional needs. 

Please share one fun fact or life hack you may have.
Self-Care is such an important aspect of my daily routine and was previously always last on my "To Do List." At the end of the day you can't be the best version of yourself if you're not taking care of you. Commit to doing something for your self every day.