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Lauren Bailey, CEO of Upward Projects

Part of the highly successful team behind Postino Winecafe, Joyride Taco House, Windsor, Churn and other beloved dining destinations.

Age:  37

@laurenbaileylb; @upwardprojects

I have chosen to make Upward Projects my career because I love people, creativity, unpredictability, food and wine.

I am most proud that we have fiercely protected our culture while scaling.  

Helping others reach their potential is the most rewarding part of what I do, while patience is the most challenging.

I give back to the community by contributing to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Local First Arizona, and my greatest impact is creatively figuring out ways to collaborate with these amazing organizations.

My greatest advice to share with young girls is quantify what the worst thing that can happen is, decide if you can handle that and then get after it!

My hope for the future of Arizona is to continue on the trajectory that we have been experiencing building amazing culture and a sense of place for our community.