The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you they aren't big enough. This quote by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia is what keeps our March GladiatHers® Spotlight, Malia Bates motivated to pursue her dreams. Bates is the Co-Founder and Director of Client Development at HighKey Sports & Entertainment. Bates is dedicated to creating a space where she can help athletes find their passion beyond playing sports.
Earning her Bachelors Degree from the University of Redlands in Media Studies and Spanish, Bates later went on to attend the University of Michigan where she obtained her Master's in Sport Management. Although early on in her career, she is making her way in the sports industry. From working with for the San Francisco 49ers, University of Michigan Athletics, USA Hockey and the Oakland A's, this is just the beginning for this GladiatHer! Bates areas of expertise include communications, event planning, fundraising, marketing, public relations and social media.
When Bates isn't working to help athletes find their "why" and use their platform to build something great you can find her cooking, checking out the latest movies, participating in community service or spending time with family and friends. While talking to Bates she shared with us her desire to be a part of a support system and network for women in the sports industry. Through GladiatHers® and the GladiatHers® Tribe she has found just that! As we celebrate Women's History Month and continue to champion women in sports and beyond, we are happy to highlight the rising stars around us striving for excellence.
To learn more about or connect with Malia Bates, you can find her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/malia-bates or follow her on Instagram @Maliabates.