Lauralyn Lovell McCarthy Sandoval was born in Los Angeles, California. She is one of seven children. Her father served in the United States Navy during World War II and was a lawyer receiving his degree from Northwestern University. Her mother, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, was active with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and spent her life caring for her family.
Lauralyn graduated from Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, California in 1987. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada in 1992. She attended UNR on a tennis scholarship and graduated on the President’s Honor Roll. She was named in UNR’s Top Ten Senior Women and received the Journalism School’s Senior Advertising Professionalism Award and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority National Change Leadership Award.
The First Lady has spent a twenty-five year career as an executive, innovator and entrepreneur in the gaming industry. She has worked at IGT and Scientific Games, and is currently the Vice President of New Markets at Aristocrat Technologies. She built a successful gaming route business from scratch in New Mexico. One of her proudest professional achievements is in 2017, co-founding Zwier, a company creating products supporting women’s well-being and confidence.
Lauralyn has been a consultant to public companies and entrepreneurs. Sandoval is an advisor to Gaming Analytics, a company that created a search driven, cognitive computing platform to help casino operators make timely and effective business decisions. Her op-ed for Global Gaming Business was entitled “It’s Not About Women: It’s About Business Results.”
Sandoval is a board member of Global Gaming Women and co-chairs the Great Women of Gaming Awards. She is a frequent public speaker about opportunities for women in the workforce. In 2013, Sandoval received the Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Alumni Professional Achievement Award. She also received the Patty Becker “Pay it Forward” Award in 2018.
As the sibling of a brother and sister with severe developmental disabilities, Lauralyn is passionate and determined to improve the quality of life for the disabled community. Currently, Sandoval sits on Opportunity Village’s Foundation Board. Sandoval advocates on issues involving persons with disabilities and champions women’s issues. She is a co-founder of Cancer Research Racquet supporting the American Cancer Society, a mentor at Core Academy in Las Vegas and a former trustee of Desert Research Institute. Sandoval has also previously served on the Las Vegas Board of Entrepreneurs Organization.
In Spring 2018, Sandoval was the commencement speaker at the University of Nevada, Reno Journalism and Liberal Arts graduation ceremony. Her themes, keeping “the human in humanity” and “anything is possible” were presented to over ten thousand people at the UNR Quad.
Lauralyn believes that “because anything is possible, everything is possible.” She enjoys reading, hiking, tennis, rooting for the Vegas Golden Knights and spending time with her family, friends and three dogs, Charley, Charlie McCarthy and JOY!