40 Under 40: Aubrey Bates

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“I am persistent in being courageous, compassionate, and conscious.”

Young Living Essential Oils • VP of People • Lehi • Age 31

Aubrey Bates is young — and entirely essential. She has transformed Young Living’s HR department into a powerful people pleaser — and been instrumental in their seamless transition to a Covid-style work environment. Prior to YL, Bates was the co-owner of Spherion Staffing, and she worked with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Passionate about diversity, equality, and inclusion, Bates is on the board of advisors for the Women’s Leadership Institute and vice-chairs an agricultural-based charter school board for at-risk youth. Essentially? She’s a force.

CHILDHOOD DREAM “Attorney. I would dream of fighting for social justice and humanitarian causes. I’m sure I drove my parents nuts.”

DREAM MOMENT “Coming to Young Living and transforming a traditional HR department into a true People department.”

ULTIMATE DREAM “Leave everyone and everything better than I found it — and have fun doing it.”

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QUARANTINE IN A NUTSHELL “Revolutionary.”

QUARANTINE HIGHLIGHT “Seeing my daughter and animals throughout the day. Fills my tank.”

QUARANTINE SNACK “Pretzels and coffee.”

QUARANTINE OUTFIT “Embarrassingly, I’ve worn yoga pants every day for nearly 3 months.”

QUARANTINE TAKEAWAY “Let’s continue to focus on work-life integration. We have the opportunity to create windows where there used to be walls between our people’s homes and jobs.”

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