Lauren Griffin is a Senior Account Management Specialist in Finance MSE and joined Gartner in July of 2017. She is a proud Pepperdine alum and a Dallas native who is excited to be “home” after living in both Los Angeles and Washington, DC, over the past few years. Take a look at what Lauren’s life at Gartner is like in our Dallas office.
The longer I spend in the Dallas office, the more grateful I am to be here. Comprised of both locals and newcomers, folks from the Fort Myers and Arlington offices and elsewhere, each associate in this office is eager to welcome anyone who joins the team. The shift from an urban to suburban environment is a positive adjustment, as the day-to-days in life are, simply put, easier. We are all excited to be a part of this group of associates and are even more excited to move into the permanent office space in September!
The location of the office presents many unique opportunities for living, dining and fun. Approximately 30 minutes from North Dallas and 45 minutes from Downtown, Irving is home to a variety of restaurants and neighborhoods that place associates centrally across North Texas. Some of my favorite spots so far have been the nearby Whole Foods (super convenient), the fresh fare at the Original Chop House and salads or “stuffed” sandwiches at Bread Zeppelin. Pure Barre and Orange Theory Fitness are also close to the office — right on the way home from work.
I am thankful to be a part of the Dallas office, not only because Dallas is my hometown, but also because of the opportunity for career growth and the kind-hearted, welcoming group of peers. It is an exciting time to be at Gartner, specifically in this office, where several of our sales teams are joining forces. The spirit of this office is unique, as we are all “new” in some shape or form, and that newness breeds constant eagerness.
Heading to the Dallas area? Check out Lauren’s top six things to do in Dallas.
1. Watch the Sunset at Reunion Tower — the restaurants at the top of Downtown’s Reunion Tower have evolved over the years, but one thing has remained the same: the breathtaking 360-degree views of DFW. There are several ways to take advantage of the view — namely visiting the official Observation Deck or having a drink at the bar — but my favorite splurge is a special occasion dinner inside Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty. You can have some of the best Asian Fusion cuisine while the floor beneath you revolves around the building, making way for a 360-degree sunset view!
2. Jog the Katy Trail and Adventure around White Rock Lake — while technically two “must dos,” both the Katy Trail and White Rock Lake offer Dallas’ best outdoor recreation. The Katy Trail runs right through the center of Dallas, from Uptown to Downtown and beyond, and the Katy Trail Ice House is a crowd favorite for a bite or refreshment post workout. White Rock Lake is in East Dallas and is the largest body of water near Downtown — a beautiful place to run, walk or even kayak/paddleboard!
3. Enjoy Klyde Warren Park — one of the city’s more recent revitalization initiatives, city planners transformed a highway bridge connect into a beautiful park embedded between some of Dallas’ most beautiful buildings. Uniquely positioned in the Arts District, enjoy an evening meal at Lark at the Park before heading over to see at show at the Winspear.
4. Bishop Arts District — drive across the stunning Santiago Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge into the Bishop Arts District, a unique neighborhood offering some of the city’s best cuisine and trendy shops. The Pie Emporium cannot be missed, and Tillman’s Roadhouse is a great spinoff of Southern comfort food. Visit the nearby Trinity Groves area while you’re in the neighborhood and walk across the footbridge when the sun’s down.
5. Attend an Event at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium — regardless of whether you’re a Cowboys fan, the stadium is home to a host of incredible events from concerts to high school state championships to season openers (like the LSU vs. Miami game over Labor Day weekend — GEAUX TIGERS!).
6. Visit Magnolia Market in Waco — while not in Dallas proper, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market is only an hour and a half away. Their show, Fixer Upper, is certainly a local favorite, as are their delicious cupcakes at the Silos!
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