Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee oversees the various mentoring programs and opportunities offered by Global Gaming Women including its annual Lean In Circles, Lean In breakfasts, and other similar events.


Holly Gagnon is currently the CEO of Seneca Gaming Corporation which includes Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, NY, and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca, NY. Previously she served as CEO for Chumash Enterprises for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. She is one of very few female CEOs in the gaming industry and has leveraged her vision over a 20-year career to consistently prioritize guest experience, employee engagement, and drive superior results to the bottom line. In April 2016, Holly was named Executive of the Year by The Native American Finance Officers Association. She served as 2014 keynote speaker and panel member at one of the gaming industry’s most prestigious events, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. Holly is a founding board member of Global Gaming Women, where she chairs the mentorship committee. 

Lauren Bates currently serves as the Director of Sales for the Western Region at Konami Gaming, Inc; a leading innovator of slot machines and gaming enterprise management systems for the global gaming market  Since joining Konami in 2006, Mrs. Bates has held various positions. In her current role, Lauren is responsible for developing and managing her team of sales professionals, driving revenue, increasing overall market and ship share, and the development and execution of annual business strategy.  Lauren has a proven success record of 13 years in gaming that include highly recognized sales achievements for both games and system sales, business process improvement, and mentoring/leadership programs. Lauren grew up in Ohio, earned her  BA from The Ohio State University in Marketing and Logistics with a Minor in Professional Writing, and recently completed UCSD’s Mindful Executive graduate program.  She enjoys volunteering at various organizations throughout Southern Nevada and is an active member of Global Gaming Women serving on the Board of Directors and various committees.

Lean In Circles Subcommittee
  • Sally Allen
  • Lauren Bates
  • Lauren O'Brien
  • Sabrina Orque
  • Alisia Pulella
  • Saskia Rehm
  • Kate White
  • Pokin Yeung