What's a Laken?
In the words of my confused Grandfather as my mom introduces her first baby girl, "What the hell's a Laken?" My name is Laken James. First name Laken, last name James. No, not James Laken. Laken James. Like a "Lake" with an N.
Starbuck waitress smiles, "Got it".
Caramel Iced coffee for - "Lincoln"
My story begins in the town of Oconto, Wisconsin. Go ahead click on your Google maps and use your index finger and thumb to zoom in multiple times to find the little town about 30 minutes North of Green Bay. I then went on and continued my education and basketball career at the school of my dreams, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. I spent 5 years at Green bay where I learned the definition of culture; how it’s built and more importantly, how it has been sustained over decades. I learned how to follow and how to lead. I felt the joy of winning and the disappointment in defeat. I learned what it meant to “work while you wait”. I waited much of my career but never stopped working and my senior year it all pieced together.
In 2018-2019 I received All-Horizon League 2nd Team and
Horizon League All-Academic Team. This season landed me an opportunity to play professionally. I just wrapped up my first year professional season in Germany with the Bad Homburg Falcons and now looking to see what opportunities come next.
I am an athlete. I am a dreamer. I am a leader. I am a creator. Creator of what? Great question. Right now, I’m following my passions. I don’t know where that will take me yet but I know the first step is starting. So today I’m starting. I’m creating a platform that allows for me to share my passions and my dreams.
I dream of being the best version of myself. More importantly, I want to help others do the same. Maybe it’s from writing blogs and inspiring/motivating individuals. Maybe it’s working with athletes to and helping them reach their goals. Maybe it’s working with companies to develop their culture and leadership programs.
Whatever path it is, that's my dream. I want to help others seek that greatness. To motivate and inspire them to become the greatest version of themselves.