• Episode 41 – Jean Afterman, Assistant General Manager of the New York Yankees

    Jean Afterman, Assistant GM of the New York Yankees

    Jean Afterman

    Jean Afterman is one of the most powerful women in baseball. As only the third woman assistant general manager in the big leagues, Jean is a force. She did not come into this role through a traditional path. She was a history of art major at Cal Berkley, had an acting career, and found a loophole to bring Japanese baseball players to the US. All before becoming the assistant gm of the Yankees! She is long rumored to eventually become the first woman in a GM role in MLB. But… if you ask her, she doesn’t want that gig. This is such a great interview with a legend in our industry!!

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  • Episode 40 – Janet Marie Smith, Sr. VP Planning & Development – Los Angeles Dodgers

    Janet Marie Smith, Sr. VP Planning & Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers

    Janet Marie Smith

    Janet Marie Smith’s imprint on the sport of baseball is seen by millions of people each year. As the architect/planner behind the Camden Yards ballpark, Turner Field, and renovations of Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium, she brought that intimate feel back to the ballpark experience. Her entrance into the sport was part luck, part persistence. She had no ballpark experience but knew that she could provide a unique perspective to Larry Lucchino and his crew for the Camden Yards project. This conversation covers her “non-traditional” entre into sport, the various projects she’s had the opportunity to work on, including one special project in the Dominican, and how she did it all while living in Baltimore. Yes, the entire time! Definitely another fun episode and full of information that Bobbi-Sue would never have thought about pre-podcast.

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  • Episode 38 – Nicole Pike, Managing Director of Nielsen eSports

    Nicole Pike, Managing Director of Nielsen eSports

    Nicole Pike

    We have our first guest in the eSports space this week! Nicole Pike is the Managing Director of Nielsen Esports. Nicole went to school thinking she would go into international affairs and politics. Instead, she ended up at one of the largest market and product research companies in the world working on eSports. She has been with Nielsen for almost her entire career.  Nicole tells Bobbi-Sue about her passion for figuring out what drives consumer behavior and how she landed in a space that didn’t exist just 5 years ago.  The discussion captures a lot of the background info on eSports and where it’s headed. Olympics, anyone? The dynamics with eSports and brand sponsorships takes the main stage during this conversation. Obviously, Bobbi-Sue asks Nicole about women in eSports, the lack of diversity overall, and how Gamergate-type events can be prevented moving forward. It’s a comprehensive look at a side of the sports industry that many, especially Bobbi-Sue, are trying to wrap their hands around.

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  • Episode 37 – Brenda Andress, Commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League & Founder of SheIs

    Brenda Andress, Commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and Founder of SheIS

    Brenda Andress

    Brenda Andress is the Commissioner of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and founder of the #SheIs movement. Brenda’s goal has been to grow the women’s game across all leagues. A hockey player herself, she fell in love with the game and knew she wanted to work in sports somehow. Her path included the unconventional route of parks and recreation and community facility development. Brenda has been making serious moves in sport since she was in college where she was the first female to play on a men’s collegiate team in Canada. Later in life, she would become one of the first women to be a level 6 referee in hockey. Now, she works every day to increase awareness, participation, and growth of women’s sports. With the other women’s leagues, she is pushing for greater attendance and viewing of all women’s sporting events.

    This interview is so fun. Brenda’s career has been fairly unique, which of course we love. Her current work speaks to our heart. We discuss her career path, of course, but also have a good discussion on Canada Day, women’s leagues being a way to get more women in typically male-centric roles, Lebron and Tavares contracts, and how we can each impact women’s sports. Bobbi-Sue also goes off on a rant about the American Alliance of Football and their all-male pictures. Finally, Bobbi-Sue comes up with an incentive for all of her listeners to join the #SheIsChallenege.

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  • Episode 36 – Emily Jaenson, General Manager of the Reno Aces

    Emily Jaenson, General Manager of the Reno Aces

    Emily Jaenson

    Emily Jaenson is the first woman in two decades to be named General Manager of a ball club in the Pacific Coast League of Minor league baseball. She is currently the only female GM in all of Triple-A and one of 5 total in MiLB. Her path to the GM role is one of Bobbi-Sue’s favorites thus far.

    Emily started as a ticket sales intern with her hometown team, Chicago Bulls. After the program ended, she moved over to the Muscular Dystrophy Association where she worked on everything from fundraising to events for over 3.5 years. She has been a small business owner and a big sister (and employee) of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

    Emily found home with the Reno Aces as she moved up the ranks to VP of Corporate Partnerships. A move to Houston for her husband’s job kept her away for two years, working in other organizations until this spring she received a phone call from the President of the Reno Aces asking her to come home and be the GM. This conversation highlights the same lesson over and over again: pivoting is good, gaining new skills is good, and you don’t have to move through your career in a straight line.

    Big thanks to FIU for sponsoring this episode! If you’re thinking of going to grad school, check out Florida International University‘s online graduate programs!

    You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com.

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  • Episode 35 – Stephanie Jarvis, Principal of SJarvis Consulting and Professor

    Stephanie Jarvis, Principal of SJarvis Consulting & Professor at ASU

    Stephanie Jarvis

    This week, Bobbi-Sue sits down with Stephanie Jarvis, principal of SJarvis Consulting, a sports and events consulting firm, and lecturer at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Stephanie’s career started in compliance in collegiate athletics. She continued in that role for quite a while before moving over to the Fiesta Bowl and focusing on the legal work for large sporting event organizing committees.

    Bobbi-Sue and Stephanie talk about what compliance is, how Stephanie took advantage of opportunities that arose, and what the heck a senior woman administrator is. In addition, they get into some of the nitty gritty of what occurs in lead up to large sporting events and the organizing committees that get those events. Finally, Bobbi-Sue and Stephanie talk about HOW DIFFERENT it is when all of a sudden you (as a lawyer) become the one that needs advising on your own business.

    Big thanks to FIU for sponsoring this episode!

    If you’re thinking of going to grad school, check out Florida International University‘s online graduate programs!

    You can follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LTPFPod or check out the website at LTPFPod.com. Bobbi-Sue can be found on Twitter at @BobbiSue. Please send us your comments and thoughts. You can also email us at LTPFPod@gmail.com.

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