Hi! I’m Lauren - Co-Owner of SGR. I have recently jumped the pond to England with my husband, two kids and furry love Rory. I am an expert in planning fun events and parties with a passion for puzzles and learning. Before this adventure came Escape Room Races, a mobile escape game experience tailored to corporate teambuilding events. I started this company by turning my basement into an escape room for a dinner party and the rest is history. We are so excited to have Mary on board and to be on this awesome STEM games adventure with her as well!
I went to … Baylor University in Texas and graduated with a business degree. From there I moved to Melbourne, Australia to do my MBA, but was distracted by a job offer to open a new office for an event planning company in NYC. I dropped everything and moved into a 5th floor walk-up, one bedroom studio that I shared and lived in the closet of (not kidding!). That began my entrepreneurial spirit and a series of start-ups I would work for before finally starting my own businesses.
If I could have any job in the world it would be … an outdoor adventure company for kids and families. I love the outdoors and after taking a 3 month cross-country road trip with my husband and two boys, I know how fun and important it is for kids and families to experience new things outside. In the meantime though, I am loving what Mary and I have created here at STEM Game Races!
My favorite part of living in England is… so far… the Winters! After 8 years of Chicago snow I am loving being able to go outside with my kids in the Winter time. I also love how accessible the outdoors are here. 15 minutes from my house is awesome hiking and outdoor climbing which is another passion of mine.
If I had to choose my favorite ice cream flavor it would definitely be … strawberry and chocolate swirl in a sugar cone with gummy bears - THE BEST.
If you had to choose, would you pick pizza or tacos? Ooh that is one of the hardest questions I have been asked this week. Both are in my top 5 however being from Texas and loving Mexican food, I would have to go with tacos.
My all-time favorite book is … Little Women. I love the story of girls doing something unexpected and challenging in their lives! Right now most of the reading I am doing involves my boys and superheroes though...
My favorite STEM Challenge … is our STEM Storytime events. I love the creative ideas Mary comes up with and how she always ties the hands on projects to the story the group reads. I can’t wait to take my kids to one next time we are in Chicago! In the meantime I’m doing lots of DIY Stem Activities with them at home.
When I’m not brainstorming new escape room puzzles and creative events, I’m probably … indoor rock climbing with my husband and kids, at a yoga class, drinking coffee or facetiming with my family and friends back in the States.
Thanks for taking a peek behind the scenes with us at STEM Game Races! Let’s chat - I would love to learn a bit more about you and what creative STEM experiences we can create for your next event. In the meantime check out what awesome events we have coming up.